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DIRTY, adj., adv. Sc. usages.

I. adj.

1. Of land or crops: weed-infested. Gen.Sc. Fif. 1928 1 :
Awfu' dirty land thon.
Edb. 1894  P. H. Hunter J. Inwick xx.:
See at the thistles, an' the dockens . . .! A man has nae richt to be raisin sic dirty craps on ither folk's grund.

2. Phrs. and Combs.: (1) dirty coal, “a coal seam with thick partings of blaes or fireclay; a very ashy coal” (Sc. 1886 J. Barrowman Sc. Mining Terms 24); (2) dirty dicht, an insult (Abd.4 1929), a raw deal (Abd.27 1948); (3) dirty drinker, one who drinks alone, for the love of drinking (Fif.10 1940); ‡(4) dirty luggie, a receptacle for slops and refuse (Ayr.9 1940); (5) dirty thow, see Thow. (1) Sc. 1898  People (3 April) 9 (E.D.D.):
The Lothian miners at Dalkeith have resolved to support those at Preston Grange in the dispute as to allowances for “dirty” coal.
(3) Per. 1900  E.D.D.:
He's a dirty drinker, him.
(4) Sc. a.1745  H. G. Graham Soc. Life Scot. (1899) I. 85:
On reaching the flat where lodged an advocate in extensive practice, eyes and nose encountered at the door the “dirty luggies” in which were deposited the contents, which, as St Giles' bells rang out at ten o'clock, were to be precipitated from the windows.

II. adv. Used as an intensive (Per., Gsw. 1946 (per wm.Sc.1)). Cf. Dirt, adv. Hence dirty bate, -licket, ignominiously beaten, walloped (Fif.13 1940, -licket), schoolboy terms. Sh. 1924  T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. III. 201:
Noo, hed it been men aatagedder, I micht a tried it, fur dey'll pit up wi things, an dir no sae dirty parteeklar.
wm.Sc. 1946 1 :
Victor, sitting on vanquished: “Are ye bate?” Vanquished: “Aye.” Victor: “Are ye dirty bate?” Vanquished: “Aye.” Honour being satisfied, vanquished was allowed to go.

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"Dirty adj., adv.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Nov 2018 <>



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