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CLOIT, CLOYT, Clyte, n.2 [klɔɪt, klɔt Ags., Ayr., Rnf., Kcb.; kləit Bch.]

1. “A heavy burden” (Ayr. 1811 W. Simpson Gloss. to W. Aiton Gen. View Agric. Ayr. 691). Also fig. Ayr. 1897  T. Dunlop John Tamson's Bairns, etc. 204:
An' his face grows thin and sallow Wi' the bitter clytes o' care.

2. A dull, heavy person; “a clown, a stupid inactive fellow” (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Abd.2, Ags.1, Kcb.1 1936). Also found in n.Eng. dial. (E.D.D.). Bch. 1928  (per Abd.15):
He's a lazy clyte, yon cheel.
Ags. 1892  Arbroath Guide (23 July) 3/7:
Od, Marg'et, I've heard her man say that she's a real saft cloit.
Ayr. 1928 4 :
He's naethin but a muckle cloyt.

[Phs., like Clyte, n.1, the same as Eng. clot (also used in n.dial. to mean a stupid fellow). Bense refers it to mod.W.Flem. kluite or kleute, which is used in both senses given above.]

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