Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BUCK, Bukk, v.1 and n. [bʌk]

1. v.

(1) “Of water: to pour forth, gush out” (Bnff.4 1912; Abd.22 1936). Lnk. 1838  J. Struthers Poetic Tales 12:
Frightfu' hung the jutting rocks; While the burn out owre them buckit.

(2) “To make a gurgling noise, as liquids when poured from a strait-necked bottle” (Sc. 1825 Jam.2, buck out); “to gulp, to make a noise in swallowing” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.); “to bubble or bob up, as water seeking to escape from confinement” (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., bukk). wm.Sc. [1835–1837]  Laird of Logan (1868) App. 489:
Ou ay, I hear ye buck, buck, bucking, but I canna win near enough you, or I wad soon fin' a cork for your mouth wi' my ain.

2. n. “A hollow sound which a stone makes when thrown into the water from a height” (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.).

[Prob. imitative in origin, but cf. Bock, to belch, to gush.]

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