Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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.
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