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COUKUDDY, Coo-, Coucuddie, Cow-, Co-cuddy, Cu-, Cock-, Cokaddy, n. “A ludicrous dance performed by children in a couking or cowering posture” (Clydes. 1879 Jam.5, cookuddy, cou-, cokaddy); to perform antics (Ib.). Gen. in phr. to dance —. Mont.-Fleming gives coucuddie and cowcuddie. Cf. Curcuddie, n. Sc. 1756  Mrs Calderwood Letters and Journals (1884) 322:
Then they all danced what the bairns call co-cuddy, and then on their hands and feet, like so many frogs.
Arg. c.1850  The Follinash in L. McInnes Dial. S. Kintyre (1936) 30:
Doon on our hunkers let us crooch And dance cockcuddy roon'.
Ayr. 1789  D. Sillar Poems 109:
When he was hung up i' the woody, Instead o' mournin', I murgeon'd him, an' danced cucuddy, Tae see him girnin'.

[Phs. Cook, v.1 and n., + cuddie as in Curcuddie, q.v.]

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