Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BAREFIT, BERFIT, BARFIT, Barefut, Bare-foot, adj. Barefooted. Gen.Sc. [′bɑrfɪt n.Sc., but Ags. + ′bɛrft; ′bɛrfɪt + ′berfɪt I.Sc., m. and s.Sc. For variants of foot see Fit.]
Sc. 1818 Scott Rob Roy xxvii.:
It's nae mair ferlie to see a woman greet than to see a goose gang barefit. Sh. 1933 4 :
Barefit. Bnff. 1880 J. F. S. Gordon Chron. of Keith 321:
Tell yere Guidman that we ca' a beld head Barfit on the Croon. Ags.(D) 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) v.:
Ye'll see them i' the mornin' gaen awa' berfit to the skule. Ags. 1918 J. Inglis The Laird, etc. 9:
Barfit three mile tae skule we ran. Knr. 1891 “H. Haliburton” Ochil Idylls 148:
An' rin a laddie for an hoor, Barefit among the daisies. Lnk. 1922 T. S. Cairncross Scot at Hame 30:
I dinna' juist feel snod when Elspeth's weans Rin bare-fit in the snaw and ower the stanes. Ayr. 1790 Burns Election Ballad, Addressed to R. Graham of Fintry (Cent. ed.) viii.:
Came shaking hands wi' wabster-loons, And kissing barefit bunters. Kcb. 1897 T. Murray Poems (1898) 38:
I could hae left a barefit bairn To haud her head. Uls. 1904 J. W. Byers in Vict. Coll. Mag. 44:
A baby . . . if it has no shoes . . . is “barefut.”
Combs.: (1) bar(e)fit broth, barefoot-broth; (2) barefoot-kail, both meaning broth made with a little butter, without any meat having been boiled in it.
(1) Mry. 1925 1 :
Barfit broth, made without meat. Abd. 1851 W. Anderson Rhymes, etc. 77:
An' Pasch an' Yule can gie in troth Nae better fare than barefoot broth. Abd. 1930 1 :
We winna stick for denner, mak' bar'fit broth hire't some wi' a mealy dumplin' made wi' butter. Ags. 1926 9 :
Barefit broth, broth made without beef or other flesh-meat. (2) Bnff. 1787 W. Taylor Sc. Poems 3:
I was musin in my mind, — On hair-mould bannocks fed an' bare-foot kail.
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