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BRAT, Bratt, n. and v.1 Also brattie, bratty, dims. Now only dial. in Eng. See also Brot, n.1

I. n.

1. Clothing in general. Sc. 1721  Ramsay Poems 36:
They'll rive ye'r Brats and kick your Doup And play the Deel.
Hdg. 1902  J. Lumsden Toorle, etc. 281:
This “Stan'in Water” a' was drawn, . . . Yet naething fund worth hauling out Mair than tree-ruits, bauchles an' bratts.
Ayr. 1821  Galt Ayrsh. Legatees 59;
1 :
Her bits of brats are sairly worn, though she keeps out an apparition of gentility.
Rxb. 1821  A. Scott Poems 45:
Little girls and boys, Whilk to clead, and eke to feed, Maun hae brats, and brose, and bread.

Phrases: (1) bit and brat (see Bit, n., 1 (2) (c)), bite an(d) brat (brattie), food and clothing; (2) brats o' claise, — duddies, clothing, used contemptuously. (1) Lnl. 1880  T. Orrock in Poets and Poetry of Lnlshire (ed. Bisset 1896) 157:
He sent us lots o' weans, guidwife, Wi' bite an' brattie tae.
Bwk. 1863  A. Steel Poems 224:
Though we hae little wardly gear, Our bite and brat, and a' that.
(2) Edb. 1798  D. Crawford Poems 68:
It's a great matter, now-a-days, To get some meat an' brats o' claise.
Ayr. 1789  Burns To Dr Blacklock (Cent. ed.) vi.:
I hae a wife and twa wee laddies; They maun hae brose and brats o' duddies.

2. “A bib, or pin-afore” (n.Sc. 1825 Jam.2; Bnff.2, Slg.3, Lnl.1 (obsol.), Lnk.3 1935). Arg. 1929 1 :
What wez ye doin' that ye soiled yer bratty?
Gall. 1890  P. Dudgeon in Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. 56–57:
“Brat,” now signifying a child's pinafore.

3. “A coarse kind of apron” (Arg.1, Lnk.3, Ayr.8, Kcb.9 1935). Ork.(D) 1880  Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 128;
7 :
Her brat apo' her e'en.
Fif. a.1839  G. Gourlay Our Old Neighbours (1887) 71;
10 :
“Cast your brat the noo, David,” referring to his shoemaker's apron.
Edb. 1843  J. Ballantine Gaberlunzie's Wallet viii.:
Your sooty, singet, brunt bit brattie, Strung round your buik, ye waichlin fattie.
Gsw. 1931  H. S. Roberton Curdies 67:
I thocht I was entitled to a rise. So I dichts my face wi' my bratt, an' I sails up to the boss.

4. “A plaid, such as shepherds use” (wm.Sc. 1835–1837 Laird of Logan II. 296; Kcb.3 1929). wm.Sc. 1835–1837  Laird of Logan II. 296:
“Ye see,” said he, “. . . I sat as near the organ as I could get, and as they were turnin' round the wheel, the teeth o't grippit my plaid, and ere I could say ‘stop your bumming,' my braw brattie was out o' sicht.”

5. “A rag” (Cai.8 1934).

Hence bratty, adj., ragged (Cai. 1905 E.D.D. Suppl.).

6. “A cloth put on a tup hogg to prevent its covering a ewe” (Lth. 1935 (per Lnk.3)). Sc. [1844]  H. Stephens Bk. Farm (1851) II. 384:
Tup-hoggs are never allowed to serve ewes or gimmers, not having attained maturity. . . . To prevent him effectually from serving a ewe, a piece of cloth named a brat, or apron, is sewed to the wool below his belly.

7. “The scum of any fluid” (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 89, bratt); found also as a pl.n.; “the tough skin which forms on porridge, etc., in cooling” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Sc. 1692  A. Pitcairne Assembly (Maitland Club 1830) 10:
When from the milk they take the fatt, They call it scum, or cream, or bratt.
Sc. 1808  Jam.:
Brat. Scum. It does not necessarily signify refuse; but is also applied to the cream which rises from milk, especially of what is called a sour cogue, or the floatings of boiled whey.
Sc. 1844  H. Stephens Bk. Farm III. 907:
The point is ascertained by the formation of a strong thick brat or scum on the surface.
Ork. 1920  J. Firth Reminisc. Ork. Par. (1922) 101:
When making a cheese, . . . the whey was re-heated to boiling point, when a scum called “brats” rose to the top.
Edb. [1845]  F. W. Bedford Hist. G. Heriot's Hospital (1859) 347:
Some of the callants dinna like either the brat on their pot. [This meaning is not given in D.O.S.T.]

II. v.

1. To cover a ewe or ram to prevent copulation. Edb. 1821  W. Liddle Poems on Different Occasions 34:
Or ye may gar me ride the stang, And p—l brat me like a ram, But awa we'er geldin' iron.

2. “To cover sheep with a cloth to protect them from bad weather” (Lth. 1935 (per Lnk.3)). Sc. 1844  H. Stephens Bk. Farm III. 1118:
As a protection to wool it is as effective as any salve, as has been satisfactorily proved by Mr M'Turk, who bratted one side of 8 sheep, and salved the other side.

3. To curdle. ne.Rxb. 1923  Watson W.-B.:
Thunner brats the milk.

4. To cake or harden, as by heat. w.Rxb.   Ib.:
The sun brattit the grund.

[O.Sc. brat, a poor or ragged garment; an apron, earliest quot. c.1470–1480 (D.O.S.T.); E.M.E. bratte, rag, Mid.Eng. brat (rare), O.North. bratt, cloak. Gael. brat, a mantle, Irish brat, O.I. bratt, Welsh brethyn, woollen cloth, Breton broz, petticoat; O.E. bratt, pallium, is borrowed from the Celtic (MacBain).]

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