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BAUCHLE, BACHLE, Bauchel, Bachal, Baichle, Bachil, Baghil, Baughil, Boghal, Bochle, n. [′bɑ(:)xl, ′b:xl Sc. (see P.L.D. §§ 85, 93), but e.Lth. + ′bexl and w.Dmf. + bəxl; bɑuxl s.Sc.; bɔxl Uls.]

1. An old shoe; a shoe worn down at the heel so that the wearer is made to shamble; a loose slipper. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1832–1847  J. Nicholson in
J. D. Carrick Whistle-Binkie (1890) II. 121:
Hushions on her bare legs, Bauchels on her feet, Seekin' waukrife bairnies Up an' doun the street.
Sc. 1862  A. Hislop Sc. Proverbs 106:
If it winna be a gude shoe we'll mak a bauchel o't.
Ork. 1854  D. Vedder Poems (1878) 179:
The ha'f-lang dusty baxter chiels Wi' scarce a bauchle on their heels, . . . Wi' glar micht clatt ye.
Abd.(D) 1924  J. C. Mathieson in Swatches o' Hamespun 61:
G' 'wa an' get yer bauchles on.
Ags. 1848  J. Myles (ed.) A Feast of Literary Crumbs (1891) 17:
Farewell my tatter'd, toil-worn bachals.
m.Sc. 1922  J. Buchan Huntingtower x.:
“Even a young fit finds comfort in an auld bauchle,” as my mother, honest woman, used to say.
Slg. 1932  W. D. Cocker Poems 84:
His stoury bauchles told a tale O' weary miles.
Edb. c.1796  H. MacNeill To C. L., Esq. (1806) II. 68:
Wi' hair unkaim'd, and beard unshorn, And slip-shod bachles, auld, and torn.
Rnf. 1816  A. Wilson Poems 9:
Maggy curst them ane and a', Clappet wi' her hands, and stamping, Lost her bauchles i' the sna'.
Ayr. 1823  Galt Entail II. xiv.:
To misuse me as I were nae better than an auld bachle.
w.Dmf. 1925  W. A. Scott Vern. of Mid-Nithsdale, Trans. Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. 17:
Bauchles [also bochles], worn-out boots, with the backs cut out so that the feet could be slipped into them without trouble; used by the herds for schloofing about the house.
Uls. 1930 3 :
Bauchle, an old shoe.

2. (See quot.) w. and s.Sc. 1887  Jam.6:
Bachles . . . the lumps of snow which collect on the shoes in walking over fresh snow.

3. An old, useless, worn-out person or thing. Also attrib. Cai. c.1920 4 :
Bachle, slipper, hence transferred to mean old people — e.g. an auld bachle, an old man.
Bnff. 1910 3 :
“Sic a bauchle o' a crettur',” I have heard often applied to a fat child with a waddly, “shoudy” gait, say through having bandy legs.
Per. 1895  R. Ford Tayside Songs 258:
Yestreen I cam' hame frae the trauchle, My brain in a fever wi' fyke, Fell clyte in a chair like a bauchle, An' growl'd at a' roun' like a tyke.
e.Lth. 1882  T. Cowan in
Edwards Mod.Sc. Poets, Series 4, 333:
For men do sometimes reach the bauchle state, And in the poorhouse end their hapless lives.
Lnk. 1926  W. Queen We're a' coortin' 24:
I'll tell her whit I think baith aboot her an' her weans, ay, an' aboot her man tae — the wee shauchly-leggit bauchle that he is.
Ayr. 1830  Galt Lawrie Todd III. vii. i.:
Nor was [our progress] helpen by the beggarly bachle [coach] breaking down.

4. An untidy or clumsy person; hence a laughing-stock. e.Lth. c.1914  (per
“She is a baichle,” an untidy person.
Armagh 1930 ,
3, Uls.2):
Bachil, Baghil, Baughil, Boghal, a poor workman, one who spoils everything he puts his hand to.

5. Clumsy work, bungle. Sc. 1793  “Tam Thrum” Look before ye Loup 19:
Our parliament, sic as it is, Harry, is no' to mak' a bauchle o'.
Sc. 1893  R. L. Stevenson Catriona xi.:
Though generally rather a bauchle of a business.

6. (See quot.) Per. 1825  Jam.2:
Bauchle, the upright front of a peat-barrow; one of two pieces of wood fixed on the sides of a cart to extend the surface.

[Origin obscure. Phs. connccted with Bauch, adj., q.v.]

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