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FOLP, n., v. Also fulp, filp. Dim. forms folpie, folpey, fulpie. n.Sc. forms of Eng. whelp, n., v., a puppy, young dog, to bear pups (Cai., ne.Sc. 1952). Also used contemptuously of a person of disagreeable temper (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 50, 224, folp, filp; Bnff.2, Abd.2 1943), “a slow, fumbling person” (Cai. 1940 John o' Groat Jnl. (15 Oct)). [′fɔlp(i), ′fʌ-] Abd. 1777  R. Forbes in Sc. Poems 24:
They ken Ye're but a useless folp.
Bnff. 1872  W. Philip It 'ill a' come Richt xii.:
He's a folp o' the Deil, an' rinin' as fast till him as he can!
Cai. 1891  D. Stephen Gleanings 59:
[He] tramped 'po' my folpey's feet.
Abd. 1920  C. Murray Country Places 1:
He'd the rabbits to feed an' the fulpie to kame.

[O.Sc. has folp, id., 1604. For the -o forms cf. P.L.D. §§ 56, 27.1.]

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