Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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KNAPPLACH, n. Also knap(p)lich, knapplack, kneeplach. [′(k)nɑpləx, -lək]

1. A lump, a large protuberance, a rough projection (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 97; ne.Sc. 1943). Cf. Knab, n.1, 2. ne.Sc. 1921  Swatches o' Hamespun 12:
He took's tae on some knaplichs i' the closs.

Hence knapplachie, -lichy, rough, uneven, lumpy (ne.Sc. 1943).

2. Fig. A stout, dumpy person, a thick-set animal (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 97).

[Knap, n.1 + intensive -loch, see -Och, II. Cf. knablich s.v. Knab, n., 1.]

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