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CA, CAA, KAA, CAW, n.4 and v.3 [kɑ:, k: m.Sc.; kɒ: s.Sc.]

1. n. A calf. Known to Abd.22 1938. Fig., a soft, foolish person; given as obs. by Rxb.2 1919. Rnf. 1816  A. Wilson Poems 188:
Then Clootie, shaped like a burd, Flew down, as big's a twomont Ca, And clinket Eppie's wheel awa'.
Rxb. 1825  Jam.2:
Ye silly ca'. Pl. forms: caa's, kaaz (Cai. 1919 T.S.D.C. III.), ca'es (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 107), caws (s.Rxb. c.1920 (per e.Dmf.2)).
Per. 1933  I.R. in Scotsman (6 Jan.):
Our farm folk speak of their “caa's” (calves).

2. v. To calve. Caed = calved, also known to MacTaggart for Gall. (1824). Ayr. 1785  Burns Second Ep. J. Lapraik (1786) i.:
While new-ca'd kye rowte at the stake.
Ayr. 1912  D. M'Naught Kitmaurs Par. and Burgh 299:
“A new ca'd coo,” in Ayrshire has but one meaning — “newly calved” — and no other.

[Prob. a back formation from Caur, q.v., with new pl. formed.]

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"Ca n.4, v.3". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Mar 2018 <>



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