Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
CANKERT, CANKERED, Canker'd, adj.
1. “Cross, ill-natured” (Sc. 1782 J. Sinclair Ob. Sc. Dial. 98). Gen.Sc.
Sc. 1724–1727 Ramsay T. T. Misc. (1733) 126:
But shou'd my canker'd dady gar Me tak him 'gainst my inclination. Sc. 1834 H. Miller Scenes and Legends (1850) xviii.:
The cankered wretch raged like a madman. Ork.(D) 1880 Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 100:
Hid meed me cankered wi' the gluff. Bnff. 1927 7 :
Yer bairnie's gey cankert this mornin', 'uman. Ags. 1927 (per Ags.1):
“The cankert dog gets aye the riven skin,” quarrelsome people earn their own troubles. m.Lth. 1884 J. Plenderleith Kittlegairy Vacancy 28:
Another dour radical sort of body . . . and a cankered body he is. Gall.(D) 1901 Trotter Gall. Gossip 122:
There wus a rhyme we use't tae say tae the weans tae keep them quait, an hinner them fae gettin red-heidit an canker't.
Hence cankerdly, adv., ill-naturedly.
Abd. 1787 A. Shirrefs Jamie and Bess p. viii.:
And, tho' ye think I wad abuse it, Yet, dinna cankerdly refuse it.
2. Of weather: gusty, threatening, stormy (Bnff.2, Abd.2 1938).
Bnff. 1844 T. Anderson Poems and Songs 65:
While frae the cauld an' icy north, The cankert hail comes volleying forth, Fleet, on the eddy whirlwind driven. Abd.(D) 1917 C. Murray Sough o' War (1918) 34:
The snaw's lyin' deep by the dyke faur it driftit, The Spring fan it comes will be cankert an' weet. Edb. publ. 1779 R. Fergusson Sc. Poems (1925) 86:
Whether we see mare winters come Than this that spits wi' canker'd foam. Wgt. 1803 R. Couper Tourifications Malachi Meldrum II. 79:
As there seems a little cankered cloud getting up, beneath the wind yonder, we hae better be moving on.
3. Bent, twisted. Known to our Abd. correspondents only. Also fig.
Abd. 1938 2 :
A cankert runt o' a castock. Ags. 1845 A. Smart Rambling Rhymes 190:
And she's torn her cheek wi' a cankert preen. Ags. 1888 W. M. Smart in
Edwards Mod. Sc. Poets XI. 213:
But tho' the wye be cankert, I'll lat the drink abee.
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