Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
DIRTEN, Dirtin, adj.
1. Filthy, soiled by excrement (Sc. 1808 Jam., dirtin; Abd.27 1950; Ags.2, Ags.17 1940). Cf. Dirten Allen. Hence †dirtenly, adv., foully.
Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 249:
Money is welcome in a dirten Clout. Ib. 400:
I do full dirtenly, I wish they had the skitter that speers.
2. Used fig.: mean, contemptible; conceited (Abd.13 1910), disdainful, “snooty.” In superl. = utmost (Bnff.2, Abd.2 1940); cf. Dirt, adv., above.
Cai. 1930 3 :
She wis gey dirten 'e day an went past wi' her nose in 'e air. Abd. c.1750 R. Forbes Ulysses' Answer in Sc. Poems (1785) 34:
A dirten dirdum ye brag o' Done on the Trojan shore. Abd. 1915 15 :
Dae his dirtnist, he cudna meeve that muckle steen. Abd. 1948 27 :
A' the thank I got was a dirten answer.
3. Comb.: dirtin'-gab, a foul-mouthed person.
Bwk. 1856 G. Henderson Pop. Rhymes 98:
Oily-tongued dirtin'-gab, ay fu' o' clashes.
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