Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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QUEETIKIN, n. Also queetiken, cweetikin; quitiken. ne.Sc. forms of Cuitikin, q.v., a gaiter, spatterdash (ne.Sc. 1967). Gen. used in pl. in all senses given s.v. Phr. a cat in cweetikins, used in exclam. of astonishment, phs. orig. a corruption of Cuitikin, 5. Abd. 1833  Abd. Shaver (12 Dec.) 25:
His two pair of inexpressibles, his white queetikens.
Mry. 1898  Weekly Free Press (25 June):
Wi' breeks o' that ilk, an' queetikins too.
Abd. 1955  W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick i.:
Weel, weel, ahin 'is a cat an' cweetikins.

[Queet, n., + dim. endings -Ie- + -kin.]

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