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FECKET, n. Also feckit, ficket. A woollen garment with sleeves and buttoned front, an undervest, “worn under the shirt” (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Dmf. 1925 Trans. Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. 24; Clc., Rnf., Gsw., Lnk. 1950); sometimes one worn in place of a waistcoat, a cardigan (Wgt., Kcb., Dmf. 1950), “mostly made of navy blue flannel or ‘plaidin,' but I have seen other material used. It was often put on top of shirt sleeves without a vest” (Ayr. 1935 in Bulletin (23 Feb.)); “made of heavy cotton or drill in blue with a white stripe and worn by dairymen” (Wgt. 1951). Also attrib. Lnk. c.1779  D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 11:
His beard is ay brown wi' sucking tobacco, and slavers a' the breast o' his fecket.
Ayr. 1790  Burns There's a Youth ii.:
His coat is the hue o' his bonnet sae blue, His fecket is white as the new-driven snaw.
Per. 1835  J. Monteath Dunblane Trad. 14:
One of the women's children, who “in it's fecket, ere a' was done, was admiring the bonny things on Rob Roy's sword.”
Rxb. 1847  J. Halliday Rustic Bard 138:
My pookit feckit, buttonless an' bare.
Lnk. 1893  J. Crawford Sc. Verses 87:
As sune jist wad I want my feckit, My warmest frien'.
Abd. 1915  H. Beaton Benachie 169:
I see yer ficket stickin' oot in humps wi' cheese an' breed!
Edb. 1916  T. W. Paterson Wyse-Sayin's xvii. 23:
A man wha has nae conscience, cairries a bit bribe in his fecket-pooch.

Comb.: †fir-fecket, a coffin. Hence †to put on (wear) a fir-fecket, to die. s.Sc. 1837  J. M. Wilson Tales III. 344:
The coffin came — the old woman was put into her fir-fecket and buried.
wm.Sc. 1868  Laird of Logan 18:
I hae nae notion o' putting on a fir feckit as lang as I can help it.
Ayr. 1890  J. Service Notandums 41:
A hantle better . . . than that Rab Scott should wear a fir-fecket.

[Of uncertain origin. ? Conn. with Faik, n.1]

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"Fecket n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Dec 2018 <>



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