Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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SCRAT, n.2 Also skratt. A puny, stunted or shrunken person (Lth. 1825 Jam.; ne. Sc., Ags. 1969); anything very small or insignificant (Uls. 1953 Traynor). Adj. scratty, skratty, puny, thin, meagre (Id.). Obs. in Eng. exc. dial. Bnff. 1893  Dunbar's Works (S.T.S.) III. 39:
Sic a bit scrat o' a geet.
Abd. 1931  D. Campbell Uncle Andie 12:
But fat o' the wee poodle, Andie? The peer scrat 'll be rossen tae a sassage.

[The same word as Eng. †scrat, a hermaphrodite. Cf. O.N. skratte, goblin, monster.]

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