Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
KNAPPER, n. [′(k)nɑpər]
1. A person whose trade is stone-breaking, freq. in comb. stane-knapper. Gen.Sc. Also in Eng. dial.
Dmb. 1894 D. MacLeod Past Worthies 185:
A Hibernian Stone-knapper and his Cuddy. Once upon a time there dwelt within the confines of the parish of Cardross an Irish stone-breaker, who kept a donkey. Lnk. 1913 Rymour Club Misc. II. 64:
Fiddlers, slaters, drovers and nappers, Dominies, sodgers, and lassies sae braw. Lth. 1954 Edb. Evening News (7 Oct.):
Elderly country people will remember, too, the stone knapper, who broke up large stones into pieces small enough for road making. Machinery has replaced him entirely.
2. A small hammer used by stone-breakers (Uls. 1908 Traynor (1953); Kcb.1 1931; Ork., Bnff., Ags., Fif., Lth., Dmf. 1960).
Ayr. 1891 H. Johnston Kilmallie ii.:
Sam'l leant on his “knapper”.
3. A rap, a slap.
Cai. 1946 9 :
If 'ee dinna haad yer towngue, A'll gie 'ee a knapper on 'e loog.
4. In pl.: a pair of sticks used in the manner of castanets, to beat out a rhythm either alone, or to accompany a mouth-organ or Jew's harp. They were six to eight inches long and were held between the fingers of one hand (Mry. 1935). Cf. knackers s.v. Knack, v., 1.[From Knap, v.1]
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