Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
FUTRAT, n. Also futtrat, fut(t)(e)ret, -rit; futterad, futterag, futtercat (Cai.). n.Sc. forms of Whitrat, q.v. See P.L.D. §§ 59, 134.
1. The weasel, Mustela nivalis (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 57; n.Sc. 1953). Hence futtret-faced, having thin sharp features.
Abd. 1900 C. Murray Hamewith 7:
The grey-tailed futt'rat bobbit oot to hear his ain strathspey. Kcd. 1933 “L. G. Gibbon” Cloud Howe 48:
Here he was standing, fierce as a futret. Bch. 1941 C. Gavin Black Milestone ii.:
Her daughters . . . she dismissed as “nyatterin' futtret-faced things — their granny ower again.” Abd. 1952 L. Starr To Please myself Again 31:
Frae that day tae this I canna stand the secht o' a stoat, no, nor yet a futteret.
2. Fig.: a thin, small hatchet-faced person (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 57), sometimes used as a term of endearment (Id.), but gen. implying one of an alert, active, ferrety disposition (ne.Sc. 1953).
Abd. 1865 G. Macdonald Alec Forbes lxx.:
I cudna gar a bonnie, high-born, white-handit leddy fa' in love wi' a puir futteret o' a crater.
†3. A squirrel.
ne.Sc. 1903 G. Sim Fauna of “Dee” 65:
By the country people it [the squirrel] was known by the name of Ferret, Futteret, and Fumart, and any enquiry regarding it under its proper name would not be understood.
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