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DOB, v.1, n.1

1. v. To prick (Sh.10, Ork.2 1948; Mry.1 1925; Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 39; Bnff.2 1940; Per., Fif. Wilson); “to peck as a bird” (Cai. 1905 E.D.D. Suppl.). Mry. 1897  J. Mackinnon Braefoot Sk. 179:
Please, Sir, James Phillipson dobbit me.

2. n.

(1) A prick (Cai. 1900 E.D.D.; Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 39; Bnff.2 1940); “a peck by a bird” (Cai. 1905 E.D.D. Suppl.); a sting. Abd. 1911  C. Wilson in Bnffsh. Jnl. (5 Sept.) 6:
We need oor face gie weel screened in To save us fae a dob.

(2) A thorn (Mry.1 1925; Bnff.2 1940).

Hence dobbie, dobby, having spikes, prickly (Mry.1 1925; Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 39; Bnff.2 1940; Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 243).

[Variant of Dab, v.1, n.1, q.v.; cf. jab and Job. The vbl.n. dobbing, pricking, is found in O.Sc. 1601.]

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