Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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DOCKIE, Docky, adj. and v. Also †doaky.

1. adj.

(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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