Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BELLY, BILLY, BULLY, v.2 and n.
1. v. To bellow, cry, weep loudly. [′bɛl, ′bɪl, ′bʌl]
Cai. 1907 D. B. Nicolson in County of Cai. 65:
Belly. To weep with a loud noise. Mry. 1933 2 :
Belly. To bellow, cry, esp. of children.
Kcb. 1789 D. Davidson Seasons 49:
Ilk cuddoch [young cow] billying o'er the green Against auld crummy ran. Kcb. 1894 S. R. Crockett Raiders xlvi.:
Frae far an' near they come to hear Rob Gomerel tell aboot the Broonie that billied at him.
Bnff. c.1927 9 ;
When a child is crying loudly, they say “Fat are ye bullyin' at?”
Bch. 1928 (per Abd.15):
He's a bullyan breet, aye yowlin at the loon.
2. n. A bellow.
Bnff. c.1927 9 :
The coo gid a bully.
You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.
"Belly v.2, n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 13 Dec 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/belly_v2_n>
Try an Advanced Search