Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BEARDIE, BAIRDIE, n.3 A large jar. [′birdi, ′berdi] Per. 1898  G.W. in E.D.D.:
Grey-beard, a jar with the figure of an old man with long beard on it. Hence similar jars were and are known as grey-beard, which, by familiarity, came to be called beardies, and are known by this name pretty gen[erally].
Edb. 1866  J. Smith Merry Bridal 204:
Fetch doun the bairdie frae the press Wi' rowth o' hamely cheer.
Kcb. 1897  A. J. Armstrong Robbie Rankine at Exhibition 12:
Oot wi' Beardie, an' gie's a sook, an' then awa.

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