Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
MAUTEN, v. Also mawten (Jam.); malten; matten.
1. Of grain or seeds: to germinate, to sprout; to become malt (Sc. 1825 Jam.). Ppl.adj. mautent. Cf. Maut, v.
Sc. 1776 Kames Gentleman Farmer 123:
The worst way of all, is to spread the rye-grass on the moist ground; for it makes the seed malten. Fif. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 XII. 532:
When barley and common bear have been cultivated, for some time, in a mixed state, they spring, and ripen, and malten equally. Sc. 1814 J. Sinclair Agric. Scot. I. 540:
Without this necessary precaution, the seeds would infallibly grow or malten, and become entirely useless, by losing their power of vegetation. Rxb. a.1860 J. Younger Autobiog. (1881) 130:
No corn in these years was substantial; all meal black “mattened” and unhealthsome.
2. Of inadequately baked bread: to become tough and heavy (Ags. 1808 Jam.). Ppl.adj. mautent (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.).
3. Ppl.adj. mautent, mawtent, mattent, fig. applied to a sluggish, inactive person: lazy, weary, worn out, lethargic (Abd., Ags. 1825 Jam.).
Abd. 1739 Caledonian Mag. (1788) 502:
There tumbl'd a mischievous pair, O' mawtent lolls aboon him. Bch. 1955 (St. Combs) :
I'm fair mattent wi' sleep.
You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.
"Mauten v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Nov 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/mauten>
Try an Advanced Search