Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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DOSSACH, v. and n. Also dosh-.

1. v. To fondle, pet, coddle, to fuss needlessly over (Bnff.2 1940; Abd.6 1910; Abd.27 1949, doshach). Often followed by wi'. Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 40:
His mither dossachs on wee that blaadit brat o' a bairn o' hirs.
Abd. 1824  G. Smith Douglas 67:
There's as guid berries grows on yon brown hill, As some that's doshach'd wi' the gardener's skill.

2. n. Coddling, pampering (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 40).

[Phs. an intensive form from Doss, v.1]

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