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BOUK, BOOK, Buik, Bowk, Buk, Buke, v.2 [buk Sc., but Abd. + bjuk]

1. To bulk, lit. and fig.; to increase in size, to swell out. Sc. 1701–1731  R. Wodrow Analecta (Maitland Club 1842) I. 62:
It buikit nothing in his eye at all.
Sh. 1914  Angus Gl.:
Hit buks up.
Bnff.(D) 1933  M. Symon Deveron Days 36:
But ane an' a', they bouket sma' Aside the aucht-day clock.
em.Sc. 1895  (a) “I. Maclaren” Days of Auld Langsyne i.:
Yon's no a bad show o' aits . . . a'm thinkin they'll buke weel.

Hence, (1) bouking, vbl.n., “segments of wood or other material used for increasing the diameter of a drum” (Sc. 1886 J. Barrowman Sc. Mining Terms 12); (2) bookin, boukit, bookit, booked, booket, bowked, ppl.adj. (often used in comb. with little, mair, muckle, sma', wee), (a) bulky, swollen; (b) pregnant. (2) (a) Sc. 1858  (2nd ed.) E. B. Ramsay Reminisc. (1862) I. v. 213:
Are yer aits muckle bookit th' year?
Sc. 1912  A.O.W.B. Fables frae the French 68:
“Ye're nae mair boukit than ye were at first” — The Paddock blew ance mair, an' than she — burst!
Abd. c.1746  W. Forbes The Dominie Deposed in John Cheap, The Chapman's Library (1877) 13:
The carlings Maggy had sae cleuked, Before young Jack was rightly hooked, They made her twice as little booked.
Fif. 1897  “S. Tytler” Lady Jean's Son v.:
I said he was shilpet in the face, and sma' booket in the body.
w.Dmf. 1908  J. L. Waugh Robbie Doo (1914) xii.:
Ye're ower wee bookit to fill that big chair.
(b) Sc. 1721  J. Kelly Proverbs 73:
Bowked Brides should have bor'd Maidens.
Sc. 1808  Jam.:
Boukit and muckle-boukit are used in a peculiar sense; as denoting the appearance which a pregnant woman makes, after her shape begins to alter.
Bnff. c.1927 9 ;
T.S.D.C. I.:
Bookin: spoken of a pregnant woman.

2. To store (of grain); to pack (of goods). Per. c.1800  Lady Nairne Songs, Twa Doos (ed. Rogers 1905) 231:
I see some pickles o' gude strae, An' wheat some fule has thrown away; For a rainy day they should be boukit.
Edb. 1878  D. Cuthbertson Rosslyn Lyrics 58:
I'm wee, but folk tell me the best o' a' gear In sma's is weel boukit.

[O.Sc. boukit, bowkit, bokit, adj., of large bulk. O.N. būlki, cargo.]

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