Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

DUNKLE, v. and n. Also †dunc(k)le, †dunkel. [′dʌŋkəl]

1. v. To dent, to make a slight hollow or depression in anything. Ppl.adj. dun(c)kled. Also used fig. Dmb. 1846  W. Cross Disruption xxxvii.:
I'm shure it's but sma' pleasure ye can ha'e to mak' up for the trouble o' flitting a cartload o' roosty, dunckled clamjamphrey every time ye move betwixt this and Embro.
Rnf. 1846  W. Finlay Poems 190:
My hat's grown auld and dunkel'd.
Ayr. 1822  Galt Sir A. Wylie ciii.:
Robin has gotten an awful cloor on the broo; we think his harnpan's surely dunklet.
Ayr. 1830  Galt Lawrie Todd ii. i.:
Without very deeply dunkling the truth.
Ayr. 1890  J. Service Notandums 80:
The broon square table dunkled wi' the dauds o' mony a chappin' stowp.
Kcb. 1941 1 :
I was searching for an empty oil-drum, but the only one I could get was too badly dunkled to be of any use to me.

2. n. A dent or slight depression caused by a blow or fall (w.Sc. 1825 Jam.2; Rnf. c.1924; Ayr. 1950); a dimple (Cld. 1825 Jam.2). Also fig. Rnf. 1813  E. Picken Poems I. 149:
Tho' twall years tauld I've kenn'd your case — An' time leaves mony duncles; I've seen nae change upo' your face.
Lnk. 1880  P. M'Arthur Amusements 76:
If it didna break my heart, it left a fearfu' duncle!
Ayr. 1822  Galt Steam-boat 159:
Which [adventure], but for open-hearted innocency, would have left both cloors and dunkles in her character.
Ayr. 1834  Galt Lit. Life III. ii.:
Shortly after the Forty-five, however, among the other heritable jurisdictions that were then put down, they gave canny auld Bleakrigs a dunkle, by taking the road round about by Dozent.
Ayr. 1870  J. K. Hunter Life Studies II. 63:
It [hat] had got some dunkles wi' his fa'in.

[Dim. and freq. of Dunt, with common interchange of t and k.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Dunkle v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Apr 2019 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/dunkle>

8435

snd

Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

Browse Up
    Loading...
Browse Down

Share: