Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BREEKLUMS, n. “An affectionate term for a little child” (Bnff.2, Ags.1 1935). [′briklʌmz] Ags. 1893  J. Inglis Oor Ain Folk (1894) xv.:
The kiss was always accompanied by a formula pronounced with tender good-humour, and accompanied by a kindly gleam from the loving, deep gray eyes. The words were “Guid-nicht, Breeklums.”

[From Breek, n.1 As in Breeklan, the suff. is prob. a variant form of -ling (see N.E.D. s.v.), used with extended meaning and also with humorous or pejorative force.]

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