Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BYRE, n. and v. [′bɑɪər, ′bəiər]
1. n. Sc. usages in combs. and phrase: (1) byre-claut, a handled scraper for cleaning out a byre (Ags.1, Kcb.1, Kcb.9 1938); (2) byreman, a cattleman (Bnff.2, Kcb.1 1938); (3) byre-mucker, one who cleans out a byre (Cai.7, Ags.1 1938); see Muck, v.; (4) byre-woman, a woman who looks after the cows (Bnff.2, Kcb.9 1938); (5) to mak' a byre o' yer belly, “to overeat” (Abd.4 1929).
(1) Gall. 1877 “Saxon” (ed.) Gall. Gossip 57–58:
I hae . . . the very best muck-graips and byre-clauts made. (2) Rxb. 1915 Kelso Chron. (1 Jan.) 3:
The woman steward, the shepherd and the byreman were generally fixtures. (3) Ayr. 1790 Burns Works (ed. Currie 1800) II. 310:
As ill spelt as country John's billet-doux, or as unsightly a scrawl as Betty Byremucker's answer to it. (4) Gall.(D) 1901 Trotter Gall. Gossip 48:
She wus byre-woman at Barlocco. A suppose A should 'a' ca't her the Dairymaid.
2. v. To put cows in the “byre” or cow-house (Abd.19 1938).
Abd.(D) 1924 “Knoweheid” in Swatches o' Hamespun 12:
I'se awa oot te look at a beast we've byre't. He's a bittie aff's feed.
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