Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
GOLDIE, n. 1. A familiar contr. for the goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Bwk. 1889 G. Muirhead Birds Bwksh. I. 148; ne.Sc. 1903 G. Sim Fauna of “Dee” 94; Bnff.2 1927; em.Sc., Lnk. 1954), and for the allied species, the siskin, Spinus spinus (em.Sc.(a) 1906 J. A. Harvie-Brown Fauna Tay Basin 113). Also used for the golden-crested wren, Regulus regulus (Uls. 1910 C. C. Russell Ulster 50). Also in Eng. dial.
Peb. 1817 R. Brown Lintoun Green 41:
A goldie's nest it might ha'e been, It was sae round and warm. Ayr. 1841 J. Paton Songs 39:
And goldies may chirp and pick seeds on his graft. Fif. 1894 A. S. Robertson Provost 23:
Linties an' goldies were fleein' a' aroond makin' the air cheery wi' their sangs. wm.Sc. 1904 “H. Foulis” Erchie xxvii.:
It's a fine bird a goldie if ye get a guid yin; it can whustle better nor a canary. Wgt. 1912 A.O.W.B. Fables frae French 64:
That Goldie — weel, she micht hae learnt a tune If frae him [linnet] she had gat a trainin' sune. Sc. 1954 Scots Mag. (Jan.) 314:
Waste ground with thistly patches was the place for goldies.
2. The red-breasted minnow.
Fif. 1946 J. C. Forgan Maistly 'Muchty 10:
I'd gang doon by the Plains an' for goldies I'd fish, In yon deep minnen ditch I weel ken.
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