Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

RUDDOCH, n.1, adj. Also roudoch (Jam.), rood(y)och (Id.); ruidgeoch.

I. n. 1. “A term of contempt applied to a deluded wretch” (Ayr. 1825 Jam.); an ill-favoured, bad-tempered old woman, a hag, “an auld randie bodie, an old sturdy beggar” (Rnf. a.1850 Crawfurd MSS. (N.L.S.) R. 61). Lnk. a.1779  D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 18:
Let's ratify't wi' the auld ruddoch.
Ayr. 1890  J. Service Notandums 104:
We! An' wha's ‘we', ye auld ruddoch?

2. A villain; a savage, a monster (Ayr. 1825 Jam.).

II. adj. Having a sour or sulky appearance (Ayr. 1825 Jam.).

[Some of the usages are of doubtful authenticity. The word appears to be an altered form of Rudas.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Ruddoch n.1, adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Jul 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/ruddoch_n1_adj>

20080

snd

Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

Browse Up
    Loading...
Browse Down

Share: