Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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SCART, n.2 1. A hermaphrodite, an animal of indeterminate sex (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Bwk. 1969).

2. A puny, shrunken person (m.Sc. 1969); as a more gen. term of abuse, a contemptible, good-for-nothing, scurvy fellow, a mean, niggardly individual (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Uls. 1953 Traynor; Per., Dmf. 1969). Slg. 1869  St. Andrews Gazette (23 Oct.):
To be even'd in love to a scart O' a think [sic] like a buskit-up monkey.
Sc. 1874  A. Hislop Bk. Sc. Anecdote 319:
I ha'ena buried a leevin' sowl for sax months, an' it bena a scart o' a bairn.
Knr. 1895  H. Haliburton Dunbar 17:
He's a puir scart wha sets himsel' wi' care To gather gear his sordid lifetime thro'.
ne.Sc. 1896  Scots Mag. (Aug.) 224:
On you, ye scart o' a Hielantman!
m.Sc. 1934  Scots Mag. (Oct.) 40:
When do you think a scart like you could pay me?
Per. 1950 4 :
He's nothin but a drucken scart.

[Metathetic form of Scrat, n.2]

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