Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
PAP, v.2, n.3 Also papp, pawp (Abd. 1825 Jam.), paup-; paip. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. pop. See P.L.D. § 54.
I. v. 1. tr. or intr. with on. To touch or strike lightly and smartly, to tap, rap, knock (Ayr. 1930; ne.Sc., Ags., Lth. 1965). Obs. in Eng. exc. dial. Hence pappie, n., a game resembling tig (m.Lth. 1958); n.combs. pap-the-bonnet, see 1825 quot.; poppie-dabbie. a Norwegian harrow, consisting of a series of revolving spikes (m.Lth. 1965). Cf. Nickie-dobbie, id.
Peb. 1702 C. B. Gunn Linton Church (1912) 84:
Mary Brown never saw anything betwixt them except his “popping her when she was lying on the lint rig.” Bwk. 1801 “Bwk. Sandie” Poems 43:
A gruesome camsheugh carle came by, Wha gently pap'd me on the cheek. Rxb. 1825 Jam.:
Pop-the-bonnet. A game, in which two, each putting down a pin on the crown of a hat or bonnet, alternately pop on the bonnet till one of the pins crosses the other; then he, at whose pop or tap this takes place, lifts the stakes. Slk. 1832 Hogg Tales (1874) 92:
She [a sheep] popped her master on the forehead. wm.Sc. 1880 Jam.:
The pappin o' the big hailstones on the window. s.Sc. 1885 W. Scrope Salmon Fishing (1898) 209:
I poppit the shouther o' the nowtherd callant. Edb. 1895 J. Tweeddale Moff xxii.:
A' day ye're pappin' on the fore-door o' a cairt. em.Sc. 1912 W. Cuthbertson Dykeside Folk 152:
You'd a hard ma stick pap, papin' awa' as I was comin' alang.
2. tr. To beat, drub, belabour, chastise (Abd. 1825 Jam.; Bnff., Per. 1903 E.D.D.). Vbl.n. pappin, -an, paipin, the action of beating, a whipping, drubbing (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 122).
Lnk. 1822 W. Watson Poems (1877) 86:
An' recommend, without a scruple, The stuff that's pappet wi' the souple. wm.Sc. 1880 Jam.:
He got a guid pappin for his pains. Abd. 1882 T. Mair John o' Arnha's Latter-day Exploits 35:
Till brandishin my stick I papps The nearest scoundrel's skull to shaups. Per. 1883 R. Cleland Inchbracken ii.:
Mony's the sair paipin' she's gi'en me. Abd. 1903 E.D.D.:
The maister pappet's a' roun'.
3. (1) To aim or impel (an object), to throw, shoot (a missile) (Edb. 1903 E.D.D.; ne. and m.Sc. 1965). Comb. pap-at-the-king, n., a game in which stones etc. are thrown at a target.
Lnk. 1827 Blackwood's Mag. (July) 52:
Pappin' it at Donald [he] hit him as fairly on the nose. Lnk. 1866 G. Mills Beggar's Benison II. xxxiii.:
Undergoing the ordeal of exposure [in the pillory] while “papped at”, by the populace, with rotten eggs. wm.Sc. 1888 Anon. Archie MacNab 76:
A bit o' clay which micht be . . . divided into sma' bits to play the game o' “pap at the king” wi'. Ags. 1896 A. Blair Rantin Robin 59:
Would ye daur to pap yer snawba's at me? Abd. 1903 E.D.D.:
Fat are ye pappin' at? Gsw. 1904 H. Foulis Erchie xvii.:
Wee roond hard sweeties, fine for pappin' at the folk in front. Sc. 1925 “Domsie” Poems for Children:
Stanes were pappit at her moo'.
(2) to strike with a missile, “pepper”, pelt (Ags. 1965).
Fif. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy v.:
They pappit ane anither wi proverbs juist like skule laddies wi' snawba's. Lnk. 1895 A. G. Murdoch Readings I. 128:
Let's try a shot at the “Lang Rifle Range.”. . . I'm itchin' to “pap” the bull's-eye. Arg. 1912 N. Munro Ayrshire Idylls (1935) 305:
What you want's a pen-gun and a wheen peas to pap sparrows wi'.
4. intr. To fall or drop with a quick, light sound, “plop”.
Edb. 1791 MS. per Edb.3:
For down the sweat is frae me pappin', Like auld field pease. Ayr. 1803 A. Boswell Works (1871) 11:
The first, a Captain till his trade, . . . March'd round the barn and by the shed, And pap'd on his knee. Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 372:
To let anything fall lightly, is to let it pap. Ags. 1834 A. Smart Rhymes 93:
Pappin' down my cheeks like rain The saut tears ran. Dmf. 1836 A. Cunningham Lord Roldan II. ii.:
What did she do, think ye? pappit clean owre in a faint. Lnk. 1878 W. Penman Echoes 119:
He pappet on his bended knee.
5. Combs. and deriv.: †(1) pap-in, n., a drink composed of light ale and oatmeal with a small quantity of whisky or brandy added (Sc. 1818 Sawers). Also reduced or corrupt forms pap (Lth. 1966), pauper; (2) pappin, ppl.adj., occasional, casual, turning or popping up by chance. Cf. Eng. popping, of a desultory fusillade; (3) pap-oot, n., a running out of supplies, prob. a mistake for cap-out, see Cap, n., 5. (5).
(1) Sc. 1748 Smollett Roderick Random vii.:
A liquor called pop-in, composed by tossing a quartern of brandy into a quart of small beer. Sc. 1767 Boswell In Search of a Wife (Pottle 1957) 74:
Towards the end of the evening we got rum in gills and took a papin, all the time eating bread and cheese. Slg. 1788 R. Galloway Poems 9:
Ye batchelors wha loo'e a chappin, And marry'd men that stand by pap-in. wm.Sc. 1837 Laird of Logan 109:
There will, no doubt, be an uncommon clatter . . . amang the members of the pap-in clubs that forgether in the Water-Wynd. Ayr. 1870 J. K. Hunter Life Studies 273:
A “gang o' pap-in” was the order, which meant a wee gill o' whisky, a chappin o' yill, and a little oatmeal in a saucer; and, with the aid o' a teaspoon, . . . they stirred up a mixture o' whisky and meal. It was a deceiving sort of drink: while it raised the heart it glazed the een. Hdg. 1883 J. Martine Reminisc. 38:
“Tippeny,” so called from being sold at twopence the pint, was often drunk with whisky, which, with a little oatmeal mixed in a tankard, was called a “pauper”, a drink now quite extinct. Ags. 1896 J. Stirton Thrums 41:
A gill o' pap wi' a bottle o' ale an' a biscuit. (2) Abd. 1900 Weekly Free Press (8 Dec.):
Wull there be nae other bit poppin' job when I am at it? (3) Abd. 1911 Ib. (20 Feb.):
“A clean pap oot”, as the beadle rather mournfully described the sacramental ceremony where the “greybeard” gave out, and the communicants seemed thirsty.
II. n. 1. A quick, light touch, a tap, rap; a swift blow (Abd. 1825 Jam.; Dmf. 1925 Trans. Dmf. & Gall. Antiq. Soc. XIII. 34). Also in Eng. dial.; specif. in the game of Stand Bit or Call Ball, a sort of ritual penalty or forfeit, see 1897 quot. and Stand. Hence in phr. to gie ane his paps, to administer punishment, retribution, “what-for”.
Edb. 1826 M. & M. Corbett Odd Volume 162:
But the beast wadna mind her, for he had gotten twa three gude paps on the nose, which made him furious. Sc. 1851 G. Outram Lyrics (1874) 109:
Ilka pap wi' the shool on the tap o' the mool, Wad forbid her frae comin' to cure me. Sc. c.1870 R. Browning Hist. Golf (1955) 22:
Some will play the rocket shots And some the putting paps, boys. Sth. 1897 E. W. B. Nicholson Golspie 122:
She holds her hand against the wall while each girl hits her hand three times with the ball. This curious punishment is called “paps”. Abd. 1903 E.D.D.:
I'll gie [ye] yer paps for that. Abd. 1957 :
Ye'll get a pap on 'e lug!
2. (1) The sound made by such, a tapping noise, a pop; specif. in 1736 quot. a breaking of wind. Phr. to play pap, to make a small, popping sound, to plop.
Sc. 1736 Ramsay Proverbs (1776) 76:
When the lady lets a pap, the messan gets a knap. Gsw. 1909 J. J. Bell Oh! Christina! 10:
I've been watchin' the tears comin' oot yer e'en an' playin' pap on the paper.
(2) An impediment in speech, a stammer (Ork. 1929 Marw.).
3. A minute quantity of a substance, a speck, dot, particle, drop (Uls. 1924 W. Lutton Montiaghisms 31).
Fif. 1868 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xxviii.:
Gin Mary Ann chance to lat a pap o' soot fa' into the kail pat.
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