Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CAPFU', Capfou', Cappyfu', n. The fourth part of a peck, measured by a standard-sized bowl: “a capfu' o' meal, salt” (Clydes., s.Sc. 1825 Jam.2, s.v. cap). Known to Bnff.2, Abd.9, Fif.10 1938. [′kɑpfu: Sc., but s.Sc. + ′kɑpfʌu] Abd. [1835–1837]  in Laird of Logan (1868) 462:
I jeest left Donald, puir thing, ower at the inn to eat his bit cappyfu' o' oats.
Rxb. 1805  A. Scott Poems 163:
And grant us stomachs to devour Pints, pecks, and capfu's every hour.

[From Cap, n., 2, q.v. O.Sc. has capfull, 1637 (D.O.S.T.).]

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