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MUTTIE, n. Also mutty. A measure of grain equal to one fourth of a Haddish or half a stone (ne.Sc. 1881 W. Gregor Folk-Lore 222); the vessel containing this amount (Lth. 1825 Jam.), also in comb. muttie-cog, id. [′mʌte] Rs. 1703  W. MacGill Old Ross-shire (1909) 129:
Miln peck and muttie.
Mry. 1763  Session Papers, Earl of Fife v. Magistrates Elgin (20 July) 9:
The Millers got three heaped Mutties of Meal.
Bch. 1804  W. Tarras Poems 55:
He's hail'd me [mare] in a simmer mornin. Wi' muttie cog, an' puckle corn in.
Bnff. 1847  A. Cumming Tales 98:
The housewife wis darnin' or cleanin' a mutty.
Bnff. 1852  A. Harper Solitary Hours 64–5:
I swear point blank by peck an' mutty, And the mechanic movements nine.
ne.Sc. 1881  W. Gregor Folk-Lore 161:
Fess naither cog nor yet the mutty, Bit fess the peck fou' lairge and lucky.
Abd. 1925 7 :
Muttie. A vessel for measuring grain, having two compartments, one end being larger than the other.

[O.Sc. muttie, id., 1676. Orig. doubtful. Du. maatje has sim. meanings but the phonology is difficult.]

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