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BUCKER, Bukker, v.2 and n.2

1. v.

(1) To fuss; to move or work aimlessly and awkwardly, yet with much fuss (Bnff.2, Abd.19 1936). Vbl.n. buckerin'. Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 18:
She buckert but an' ben the fleer, an' wiz in a' bodie's rod.
Abd. 1928  Mains and Hilly in Abd. Wkly. Jnl. (27 Dec.) 6/3:
An' says he “That's wi' yer buckerin' an' takin' ma min' aff ma wark.”

(2) To bungle, make a mess of (Bnff.2, Abd.2 1936). Bch. 1929  (per Abd.1):
Ye hiv fair bucker't the makin' o that frock. I winna be able to sort it noo.

2. n.

(1) “Hurry and awkward bustle about work. One who works in an awkward manner” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 18).

(2) A bungle, a mess (Bnff.2, Abd.9 1936). Abd. c.1915 15 :
He has made a clean bucker o' it.

(3) “Vexation, annoyance” (Sc. 1911 S.D.D., bukker); “a nuisance” (Bnff.7 1927; Abd.2 1936). Abd. 1915  H. Beaton At the Back o' Benachie 114:
There's nae bucker wi' them itha road haudin's booin' an' beckin' ilka oor o' the day.
Abd.(D) 1916  G. Abel Wylins fae my Wallet 60:
Ach! the weemen's been a bucker evermair.

[Prob. a frequentative of Buck, v.2, q.v.]

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