Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
KITTLIE, adj. Also kit(t)ly, kittley. [′kɪtlɪ]
1. Of things: tickly, causing a tickling sensation; of persons: susceptible to tickling, itchy, ticklish (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.). Gen.Sc. Also in n.Eng. dial. Hence kittlieness, tickliness, and comb. kittlie-forkie, an earwig (Ags., Per. 1960).
Slk. 1830 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) III. 25:
The venom's drawn out . . . and the spat's only kittly. Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) xiv.:
You ken what I mean — the kind o' a' ower kittlie feelin'. Gsw. 1909 J. J. Bell Oh! Christina! ix.:
Ay, they're awfu' kitly things, the measles. Abd. 1920 G. P. Dunbar Peat Reek 30:
Amo' my ribs ye're racin' roon Wi' kittley feet. Sc. 1929 Scots Mag. (Oct.) 19:
Doubtless the praise lavished on her cooking brought a “kittley” feeling of pleasure to her heart. Sh. 1949 J. Gray Lowrie 87:
Kirsie tald me mony a time it I wis juist a rael fule wi' kittlyness.
‡2. Sensitive, easily roused or provoked (Cld. 1880 Jam.; Lth. 1960).
Ayr. 1822 Galt Steam-boat viii.:
I was not so kittly as she thought, and could thole her progs and jokes with the greatest pleasance and composure.
3. Troublesome, difficult, dangerous, ticklish, precarious (Cld. 1880 Jam.; ne.Sc., Fif. 1960); obscure, intricate, puzzling, difficult to understand or pronounce (Fif., Lth. 1960).
Dmb. 1844 W. Cross Disruption (1846) v.:
There's three questions abreast, nae less . . . tho' there's nane o' them very kittlie. Lnk. 1895 W. C. Fraser Whaups of Durley v.:
I had gane through the Genesis, the Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus, away ben to the kittley Chronicles. Hdg. 1903 J. Lumsden Toorle 151:
Abstrack metapheesical ham banes, Kittlier than dreams, and hard as chuckie-stanes. Abd. 1929 Sc. Readings (Paterson) 79:
We've tae cater for the intellect . . . an' that's aye a kittly job.
You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.
"Kittlie adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Aug 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/kittlie>
Try an Advanced Search