Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
QUILE, n.1, v. Also quyle, queyl(e), quoil; kyle. Dim. kylie. See also Cole. [kweil]
I. n. A small haycock, “the small heap into which hay is at first gathered when it is raked from the ground” (Rnf. 1825 Jam., quyle; s.Sc. Ib., kyle; Ayr. 1923 Wilson Dial. Burns 172; wm.Sc., Kcb. 1967). Also in Eng. dial.
Ayr. a.1825 Baffled Knight in
Child Ballads No. 112 E. ii.:
What if I should lay thee down, Amang the quiles of hay, maid? Per. 1830 Per. Advertiser (5 Aug.):
The crop [of hay] is . . . much injured by the quantity of rain which fell, from the time of cutting, till it was got into the quoil. Bwk. 1897 R. M. Calder Poems 82:
They were only bits o' kylies, But they looked sae nice an' snug. Arg. 1954 D. Mackenzie Farmer in W. Isles 197:
The quoils and little net-covered tripod ricks.
II. v. To rake hay into cocks (Rnf. 1825 Jam., quyle; s.Sc. Ib., kyle; wm.Sc., Gall. 1967).
Bwk. 1900 A. T. G. Ann. Thornlea 42:
When evening came, the field was kyled. Slg. 1932 W. D. Cocker Poems 55:
They're baith o' them thrang at the quilin'.
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