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DOT, n.2, v.2 Sc. usages.

1. n.

(1) “A person of small stature” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 223; Bnff.2, Abd.2, Abd.9 1940), also in Eng. dial.; a small animal (Gregor). Edb. 1940 5 :
A wee dot o' a man.

(2) “The act of walking with short, quick steps” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 222).

2. v. To walk with short, quick steps, gen. used of persons of small stature (Ib. 223; Bnff.2, Abd.9, Fif.10, Lnk.11, Kcb.10 1940). Often used with aboot. Ppl.adj. dotting. Bnff. c.1920 6 :
Here's the auld beadle comin dot-dottin doon the road.
Per. 1908  R. Ford in Gsw. Ballad Club III. 127:
But still I dotted back an' fore, An' fummel'd aft.
Lnk. 1928  G. Blake Paper Money 114:
Can ye no' stop dot-dot-dottin' aboot the hoose like a hen on a hot girdle.
Kcb. 1893  S. R. Crockett Stickit Minister, Midsummer Idyll 259:
She had the “birr” and go of twenty in her from the time . . . when she was a dotting wee thing.

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"Dot n.2, v.2". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 13 Dec 2018 <>



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