Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BREEKUMS, Breekum, Breekims, n. [′brikʌm(z), ′brikɪmz]
1. In pl. Short or scanty trousers; knee breeches (occasionally in sing. in this sense). Known to Abd.9 1935.
Ags. 1880 J. E. Watt Poet. Sk. of Sc. Life and Char. 17;
His breekums were short by amaist a han'-breed. Per. a.1843 J. Stewart Sketches (1857) 178:
The hame-spun breekum and the wyliecoat For me had mair attractive pleasantness. Fif. 1935 10 :
C'wa an' pit on your bit breekums. Hurry noo! Edb. 1856 J. Ballantine Poems 65:
Although the breekums on thy bodie Are e'en right raggit.
2. In sing. or pl. “A person of short stature” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 16); “an endearing name for a little boy” (Bnff.2 1935), cf. Breeklums.
Bch. 1930 (per Abd.15):
Wee breekims is a gey man, isna he?
3. Combs.: ‡(1) breekum-foogie, “one wearing short or ragged trousers” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., Add.); †(2) breekumstoich, “a short thick child in breeches” (Sc. 1818 Sawers Dict. Sc. Lang.).[See etym. note to Breek, n.1, and for ending -um cf. Nickum.]
You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.
"Breekums n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 17 Dec 2017 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/breekums>
Try an Advanced Search