Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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COONTER-LOUPER, -LOWPER, Counterlowper, n. comb. A draper's assistant; a shopman; a “counter-jumper.” Also found in Yks. dial. (E.D.D.). Gen.Sc. [′kuntər′lʌupər] Abd.(D) 1917  C. Murray Sough o' War 38:
There's men aneuch in sooters' shops, an' chiels in masons' yards, An' coonter-loupers, sklaters, vrichts, an' quarrymen, an' cyaurds.
Ayr. 1862  J. Baxter Kirn, etc. 75:
Ayr counterlowpers weel may wish him . . . Since he cam' here they count their gains.
Gall.(D) 1901  Trotter Gall. Gossip 287:
There wus a young coonter-lowper they ca't Murdoch McWhan cam an set up a draper's shop richt fornent the doctor's.

[For second element, see Loup.]

Coonter-louper n. comb.

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