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OOLET, n. Also oolat, -it, ulet. An owl (ne. and wm.Sc. 1964). Also fig. of a disgruntled, peevish, dismal person or child (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), ulet; Sh., ne.Sc., Ags. 1964). Abd. 1931  D. Campbell Uncle Andie 35:
“Awa' wi' Nannie, Dooglie.” Dooglie (crossly) — “Tak' the auld oolet yersel' Kennack.”
Sh. 1930  Manson's Almanac 191:
Doubly meloncholy wi' Da lonly oolit's cry.
Sh. 1922  J. Hunter Taen wi da Trow 98:
An yon baand o ellit oolets Dat among da toogs dü sit.

[A conflation of Hoolet and Eng. owlet.]

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"Oolet n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Oct 2018 <>



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