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CHAT, Chaut, n.2 and v.1 [tʃɑ(:)t]

1. n. A light meal, a snack; a morsel (Bnff.2, Abd.9 1939). Cf. Eng. dial. chate, a short meal, refreshment; a feast, treat (E.D.D.). Abd. 1826  D. Anderson Poems 45:
The Cocknies would not let him go Till he partook wi' them a chat.
Mearns 1819  J. Burness Plays, Poems, etc. 118:
Deed, maister, I think ye wad be nae war o' a chat yoursel. I think we've a' march'd lang eneugh wi' toom kytes.
Ags. 1872  J. Kennedy Jock Craufurt 68:
He enter'd, an' began to try To eat some little chat o' meat. attrib. (quasi) by omission of prep. of.
Bnff. 1929 7 :
Gie this laddie a chat denner.

2. v. To bite, chew; sometimes used with up. Known to Bnff.2 1939. Cf. Chack, v.2 Mry.(D) 1806  J. Cock Simple Strains 99:
Had there been ony guid auld cheese, Or ony bits o' candle grease, Or yet hard fish, to chat and squeeze, And stuff her kyte.
Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 24:
There's a bit candie sugar. Chaut it up.

[Cf. Chack, n.3, and for t and k interchange, cf. Blunt, n.2, and Blunk, n.1, 2.]

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