Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BAIKIE, Baiky, Bakey, Bakie, n.1 [′bek, ′bek]

1. A square vessel made of wood, used for ashes, coals, refuse. Sc. 1837  Blackw. Mag. XLI. 414/2:
The chamber-maid . . . swept them all away in her bakey with other refuse.
em.Sc. 1909  J. Black Melodies and Memories 17:
Bring forrit, my lassie, a baikie o' coals.
Slg. 1932 1 :
Baikie, this is the word current in Slg., never Backet. Gen. in comb. ass baikie, coal baikie.
w.Sc. 1933  (per Kcb.1):
She says to the servant-girl “Bring the hens' baikie” when they are going to feed the poultry.
Lnk. 1929 5 :
Bakie is used to designate a wooden ash-bucket without a cover and with two side handles.
w.Dmf. 1925  W. A. Scott Vern. of Mid-Nithsdale, Trans. Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. 16:
Baiky, wood bucket, scoop-shaped, with lugs on each side, and carried against the breast, used for carrying in coals and out ashes. Heard in Sanquhar.

2. “A square wooden trough for holding provender for cows, horses, etc.; as ‘the cow's baikie,' ‘the horse's baikie'” (Jam.2 1825 for Lnk.). Ayr. 1928 4 :
Baikie, a square wooden vessel used for . . . feeding cattle.

3. “A wooden vessel, of a square form, in which dishes are washed” (Jam.2 1825 for Lnk.). Ayr. 1928 4 :
Baikie, a square wooden vessel used for . . . washing dishes.

4. A small stool. Ayr. 1900  “G. Douglas” House w. the G. Shutters (1901) x.:
They'll need to stand on a baikie that put the branks on him.
m.Dmf. c.1920 3 :
Baikie, a small stool.

[May be a dim. of Back, n.2, or ad. Fr. baquet.]

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