Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FRIDAY, n. A hiring market held on a Friday. The usage prob. survives in Abd. farm-name Fridayhill. In phrs. Friday's bawbee, Friday('s) penny, the (half-) penny given to children on Fridays as pocket-money (Abd.27 1930). For other forms see Fredday. Abd. 1853  W. Cadenhead Flights 249:
Pint pigs for haudin' your Friday's bawbees. [Ib. 191, Friday penny.]
Mry. 1865  W. H. Tester Poems 134:
Whan ye gang to the Friday, dinna gang on the spree, An' try, if ye can, man, to haud doon the fee.
Abd. 1867  W. Anderson Rhymes 61:
My Friday's pennies, ilka ane, Were in a pint-pig safely stored.
n.Sc. 1891  A. Gordon Carglen 66:
Certain days known as “feein' Friday,” “hairst Monday,” and such like.

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"Friday n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Jan 2019 <>



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