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DOOK, n.2, v.2

I. n.

1. A wooden peg driven into a wall to hold a nail. Gen.Sc. n.Sc. 1939  N. M. Gunn Wild Geese 82:
An apprentice . . . began a bit of trapeze work that burst a rotten dook [in the scaffolding round a house].
Ags. 1916 6 :
Scottish architects use the term dook to mean the wooden plug in the wall to which the boards are fixed, on which again the laths are placed.
e.Lth. c.1733  in P. H. Waddell Old Kirk Chron. (1893) 28:
For 3 oak dooks put into the kirk wall for supporting the Communion Table, the old ones being quite consum'd.

2. The bung of a cask (Mry.1 1925; Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 222; Bnff.2 1940), the plug of a boat. Bnff. 1847  A. Cumming Tales (1896) 79:
Under pretence of taking up his oar, he . . . slips out the dook or plug from her bottom.

3. Comb.: dook hole, (1) a hole cut in a wall to receive a dook or peg (Bnff.2, Abd.9, Ags.17, Kcb.10 1940); (2) the plug hole of a cask (Bnff.9 c.1927; Kcb.1 1940) or boat (Cai. 1916 T.S.D.C. II.; Cai.7 1940). (1) Sc. 1935  Scotsman (19 Jan.) 11:
In the wall in the south transept, about six feet from the ground, a small hole was noticed in a stone. It seemed at first to be a dook hole, like several other holes.

II. v.

1. To cut the dook holes (in a wall). Gen.Sc. Hence dooking iron, the tool used to cut the dook holes.

2. “To erect or fix up (a shelf) by means of ‘dooks'” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Kcb.10 1940).

3. To bung a cask (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 222; Bnff.2 1940). Also dook-hole, id. (Bnff.9 c.1927).

[Prob. of Du. or L.Ger. origin: cf. Fris. douk, Du. deuvik, M.L.Ger. dōvicke, a spigot, phs. cogn. with Dool, n.3, v.3, Eng. dowel.]

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