Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BODACH, BODDACH, n. [′bodəx, ′bɔdəx]
1. “An old man” (Sc. 1887 Jam.6; Cai.8 1934). Often used in a more or less contemptuous way.
Sc. 1924 P. MacGillivray in Scots Mag. (July) 241:
Twa bodachs, I mind, had a threep yae day, Aboot man's chief end. Arg. 1882 Argyllsh. Herald (3 June):
It didna dae the boddach nae guid.
2. A person of small stature.
Sc. 1934 A. Fraser Herd of the Hills 247:
He told of how Alicky Mag, the daft wee bodach that he was, had been taken away at last. n.Sc. 1898 E.D.D.;
The new doctor's jist a wee bit bodach. dim. bodachan. Sc. 1916 M. and J. Findlater Seen and Heard I. 42:
A braw bodachan ye'll mak' o' the bairn.
3. “Used by Scott and others in the sense of a spectre, bugaboo” (Sc. 1887 Jam.6).
Sc. 1827 Scott Highland Widow i.:
Oh! then the mystery is out. There is a bogle or a brownie, a witch or a gyre-carlin, a bodach or a fairy, in the case? n.Sc. 1898 E.D.D.:
In ye binna quayet, the bodach ill cum doon the lum an' tak ye.
4. “A familiar name for the devil” (Sc. 1887 Jam.6).
5. Fish names: (1) ‡bodach, “the small ringed seal, Phoca foetida” (n.Sc. 1905 E.D.D. Suppl.); (2) in comb. bodachruadh, “the red gurnard: also the red rock cod” (Arg. 1936 L. M'Innes Dial. S. Kintyre).[Gael. bodach, an old man, a churlish old man, a mutchkin. O.Sc. has boddoch, a mutchkin, early 17th cent. (D.O.S.T.).]
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