Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

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.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Cloit n.2". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Sep 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/cloit_n2>

5754

snd

Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

Browse Up
    Loading...
Browse Down

Share: