Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BRUCKLE, Brickle, Brukkle, Bruckl, Brukkel, adj., v. and n. [brʌkl, brɪkl]
1. adj. Gen.Sc.
(1) Lit. Brittle, easily broken; crumbling.
Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 113:
Glasses and Lasses are bruckle Wares, — Both apt to fall, and both ruined by falling. Per. 1935 W. Soutar Poems in Scots 17:
The rits abüne a dead man's breist Hae brak the bruckle lire apairt. Fif. 1710 R. Sibbald Fife and Kinross 47:
The Rock is plaistered over with a white bruckle Crust, of the same Colour, Consistence and Nature with the Shell of an Egg. Slg. 1932 W. D. Cocker Poems 112:
He'rts like thine are no' sae bruckle — Ither's gowd shall busk thee braw. Edb. 1843 J. Ballantine Gaberlunzie's Wallet i.:
All hail! thou ancient, tottering, bruckle biggin, Thou mouldie mass o' timmer, lime, and stane. Gsw. 1832–1846 W. Miller in Whistle-Binkie (2nd Series) 73:
And gae wa' wi' your lang slides, I beg, John Frost! Bairns' banes are as bruckle's an egg, John Frost. Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.:
That's bruckle ware ye'r carryin.
(a) Uncertain, unstable; applied also to health (Ant. 1892 Ballymena Obs. (E.D.D.))
Sc. 1816 Scott O. Mortality vii.:
And that's what vexes me mair than a' the rest, when I think how I am to fend for you now in thae brickle times.
(b) Applied to the weather, changeable, unsettled.
Ags. 1786 ? C. Keith Har'st Rig (1794) 5:
And weather aft does bruckle gang As we hae ken'd it. s.Sc. 1847 H. S. Riddell Poems 40:
The Duke had him a visit paid, Ev'n in right bruckle weather.
(1) “To crumble, to break small” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl. s.v. bruckl).
Sh.(D) 1918 T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. I. 168:
Don't bruckle dem aa in smaa bits.
(2) “To crush, to crumple” (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.).
Sh.(D) 1898 “Junda” Echoes from Klingrahool 8:
I wis faerd at du hurtet di peerie croon; Or brukkled da mesterpen o di wing Whan du raise again wi sikkan a spring. Sh.(D) 1919 T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. II. 113:
Get in, Mary, an bruckle desell doon yonder.
(1) “A state of disintegration” (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.).
(2) “An interruption, or unsatisfactory ending, to a project or enterprise” (Ib.).
I kent at de wid come a brukkel intil it.
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