Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
CLUIF, CLIV, Cloof, Cluf, Kliv, Klov, Clive, n. [kluf Sc.; klɪv I.Sc. + klɔv, klʌv, Cai. + klaɪv; klyf em.Sc.]
1. A hoof (orig. the hoof of a cloven-footed animal). Jam. (1808) s.v. cluf says: “now pronounced clu, n.Sc.” The most common form in I.Sc. and Cai. is cliv, and dim. clivvik. Jak. gives kliv and klivek, as well as klov and (rarer) kløv. Clive is heard in the Canisbay distriet of Cai. (Cai.7 1936).
Sh.(D) 1891 J. J. H. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 10:
For a wharter-a-oor ye'd a no heard a soond Bit da crackin o' shairs, and da clump o a clug, Da scrit o a cliv, and da yalp o da dug. Cai. 1929 “Caithness Forum” in John o' Groat Jnl. (1 Nov.):
He'll just gie her cliv twa-three strakes on'e corner o' 'e gless hoose. Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry Storm'd 61:
The stour That his ain horse-cluifs . . . Up in his face hae dash'd.
†2. “A claw” (Sc. 1808 Jam., cloof, cluf).
3. “Jocularly or esp. mockingly . . . applied to the foot of a human being” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), klov), or the hand (Cai.9 1938).
Sh.(D) 1891 J. J. H. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 2:
Bit güd feth! da but-end wisna ill ta be seen, So I sings oot, “Come in, an your clivviks be clean!” Ork. 1929 Marw.:
“Fae the klov an' up,” = from top to toe.
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