Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BITTOCK, Bittick, Bittik, Bittag, n. A small bit or portion (of space, time, quantity); also used fig. Gen.Sc. [′bɪtɪk, ′bɪtək Sc.; ′bɪtəg Cai. + ′btəg]
Sc. 1816 Scott O. Mortality x.:
It's unco late, and it's sax miles an' a bittock doun the water. Ork. 1908 J. T. S. Leask in Old-Lore Misc., Ork., Sh., etc. I. vi. 222:
He buist a' bigged 'er weel cis sheu man hae steud noo I wad tink a guid bittick ower a hunder year. Cai. 1905 E.D.D. Suppl.:
Bittag. A very small bit; a “bittock.” Ags. 1820 R. Mudie Glenfergus II. xvii.:
“That was a bonnie sang you were singin' . . . Ha'e you ony mair o't?” “A wee bittock,” said Tibbie. Edb. 1915 T. W. Paterson Auld Saws 134:
Tho' she hadna feck o' fortune — Jist a bittock 'bune the scant — Baith her pooch an' hairt were open. Lnk. 1838 McIlwham Papers Letter ii. 19:
An' how, quo I, can ye ken a ye alledge again my frien frae that we [sic] bittock o' a paragraph?
Hence bittikie, dim. of above.
Mry. 1873 J. Brown Round Table Club 380:
A gey bittikie on the vrang road.
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