Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
DACKER, DAIKER, Daker, Dekkir, v.1, n.1, adj. Also dacher (Abd.27 1947). Cf. Dackle, v., n.1, below. [′dɑkər, ′dekər, ′dɑxər]
1. To walk slowly, to saunter, to loiter (Bnff.2, Abd.19, Fif.1 1939); “to walk aimlessly” (Fif.10 1939); “to go about in a feeble or infirm state” (Rxb. 1825 Jam.2). Also found in Eng. dial. (E.D.D.).
Sc. 1822 Scott F. Nigel iii.:
And in the morning I cam daikering here, but sad wark I had to find my way. Abd. 1946 2 :
Mak' haste, laddie, an' dinna dacker by the wye. wm.Sc. 1835–37 Laird of Logan II. 131:
What faschit me maist, was some of my ain frien's, in daikering backwards and forwards in the square. Rxb.(D) 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes an Knowes 2:
A cood fain heh dwinglt, an daikert aboot in sleepery Bosells.
‡2. “To engage, to grapple” (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.); to interfere. Also in Wm. and Glo. dials. (E.D.D.).
Bnff. c.1927 13 :
He wis feart to dacker wi it. Abd.(D) 1742 R. Forbes Ajax (1755) 8:
I dacker'd wi' him by mysel.
3. “To be engaged about any piece of work in which one does not make great exertion; to be slightly employed” (Sc. 1825 Jam.2; Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., dekkir); known to Slg.31939. Cf. w.Yks. dial. daker, to work overtime; to spin out work for the purpose of making overtime (E.D.D.). Gen. with on: to jog along; sometimes with with: to co-operate.
Sc. 1818 Scott Rob Roy vi.:
There's aye . . . something to ripe that I would like to see ripen, — and sae I e'en daiker on wi' the family frae year's end to year's end. Sc. 1825 Jam.2:
One is said to daiker in a house, to manage the concerns of a family in a slow but steady way. One daikers with another, when there is mutual co-operation between those who live together. They are said to daiker fine, when they agree so well as to co-operate effectively. Sh. 1939 3 :
Dir nothin' for it bit ta dekkir on till du's done. Edb. 1894 P. H. Hunter J. Inwick v.:
You and me'll daiker on thegither fine. Peb. 1793 Carlop Green (ed. R. D. C. Brown 1832) ii. 30:
They daker on, and tak' and gi'e Baith kindness and abuse.
4. “To truck, to traffic” (Lth. 1808 Jam.); to strike a bargain. Cf. section 2.
Abd. 1931 5 :
“Did ye dacker aboot the calf, man?” “Oh, tye, we made a bargain.”
1. A stroll (Bnff.2 1939).
wm.Sc. 1835–37 Laird of Logan I. 272:
We . . . used to take a bit daiker to the country to see how the gowans . . . were growing.
†2. A struggle, a noisy, wrangling dispute. Also found in n.Eng. dial. (E.D.D.).
Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 23:
For they great dacker made an' tulzi'd strang, Ere they wad yield an' let the cattle gang.
III. adj. “Hesitating, uncertain, undecided; applied to a person who can't make up his mind, and to the weather when nnsettled” (Lnk., Rnf. 1887 Jam.6). Also in Eng. (mainly n.) dial., applied to weather (E.D.D.).[The root meaning seems to be “to waver, to totter”; this meaning appears in Eng. from 1668 and is still found in Eng. dial.; cf. Mid.Du. (Flanders) daeckeren, to flutter, to move about, to brandish or shake (Kilian). With the meaning of “to bargain,” daker occurs in O.Sc. 1692 (D.O.S.T.).]
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