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GRIPPER, n. Sc. usages:

1. A wrestler. Cf. Grip, n., 2. (2). Sc. 1750  W. MacFarlane Geneal. Coll. (S.H.S.) II. 85:
Alexander Carron . . . grapples with their Leader, whom he takes First by the Breast and kills, for which the King named him Grim-gere, i.e. a hardy Gripper.

2. One who catches and holds a sheep to facilitate the work of the shearer (sm.Sc. 1955). Cf. grippin-bucht s.v. Grip, v. 1. Slk. 1829  Hogg Shepherd's Cal. I. ii.:
Do ye imagine I'm gaun to hae a' my clippers and grippers, buisters and binders, laid half idle, gaffing and giggling wi' you?

3. A midwife (Ork. 1887 Jam.). Also gripper-owre-ouilles (s. Ork. Ib.), grippa (Ork. 1929 Marw.).

4. In pl.: (1) a shoemaker's vice (Sc. 1911 S.D.D.); (2) antennae (Ib.). (1) Fif. 1890  A. Burgess Poute 29:
Sighs stick and capperis — klaams — kuddyheels and grippers.

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"Gripper n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Nov 2018 <>



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