Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BARDIE, BARDY, BAURDY, adj. Bold, impudent of speech, rude, uncivil, forward, quarrelsome. [′bɑrd, ′bɑrdi] Sc. 1706  W. Hamilton Bonnie Heck in Watson Choice Coll. i. 69:
I was a bardy Tyk and bauld.
Ags. 1867  G. W. Donald Poems, etc. 17:
Rab lang was baurdy, bauld, an' crouse.
e.Lth. 1885  “S. Mucklebackit” Rural Rhymes, etc. 11:
Alack, alack! I stagger'd back, My bardie wrath forgettin'.
Rnf. 1827  W. Motherwell Minstrelsy xxxviii.:
And it is a curious fact that in the West of Scotland, Renfrewshire at least, the phrase bardy, a word of common occurrence, is used to signify impudent, rude, uncivil, forward, or quarrelsome.
Ayr. 1887  J. Service Dr Duguid 120:
I never in my life would let ony bardy bizzum lichtlie me.
Kcb. 1814  J. Train Strains of the Mountain Muse 22:
And wi' my gude claymore I've brought Many a bardie birkie down.

[Prob. from Bard, n.1, in derogatory sense.]

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