Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BOD, n.2

1. A person of small size; often used contemptuously. [bɔd] Abd. 1898  E.D.D.:
Bod. In use fifty years ago, esp. as a nickname for a short man.

2. A person in gen., with derogatory significance. Edb. 1788  J. Macaulay Poems 143:
While aulder bods were babees birling, We took our slide.
Rnf. 1813  E. Picken Poems, etc. II. 131:
Sae he made a lang blaw about graces, an' gods, Like Vulcan, an' Bachus, an' ither sic bods.

[Might be a contr. either of Body, q.v., or of Bodach, n., 2. Cf. also Bodda.]

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