Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
DOCKIE, Docky, adj. and v. Also †doaky.
(1) Of a horse: docked, having the tail cut short. Fig. in phr. to be on dockie, see Dock, v. 2 (3).
(2) Neat, tidy, “applied to one who is little and neat, and who takes short steps” (Sc. 1825 Jam.2; Ayr.4 1928).
Ayr. 1847 J. Fulton St Innan's Day 4:
And a' made snod and docky. Dmf. 1902 J. M. Coltart Verses 58:
A douce docky body is Miss Mattie Brown, In a docky wee house she lives in this town.
†2. v. “To move with short steps; always applied to one of small stature” (Lnk. 1825 Jam.2, docky, doaky).[From Dock, v., 2.]
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