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SHAUCH, adj., v., n. Also shach; ¶sheuch, shough-. [ʃɑx, ʃx]

I. adj. Awry, askew, twisted. Used adv. in c.1900 quot. Comb. ¶shauch-ma-tram, a thin, shambling or knock-kneed person. See 1868 quot. and Ma-, Tram. Derivs. shaucheral, id. (Ayr. 1910), shoughie, short and bandy-legged (Per., Knr. 1825 Jam.). wm.Sc. 1868  Laird of Logan App. 515:
Shauch-ma-Tram. The shafts of a cart long exposed to the sun; from the warping of the wood the cross bars start from the mortices, and the shafts or trams, are loosened from the body of the cart. Said of a lean, crank-legged person. “He's a real shauch-ma-tram”.
Ayr. c.1900  Carrick Anthol. (Finlayson) 355:
If mysel's my only care, An' my neibour's nocht tae me, A' gangs shauch.
Abd. 1929  Abd. Weekly Jnl. (14 Feb.) 6:
A mair nyattery, ill-thochtit, din-raisin' shaucheral.

II. v. 1. To shape or form anything in an oblique way, to make awry, distort (Sc. 1808 Jam.: Kcd. 1825 Id., sheuch). Pa.p. shacht. Cf. also Beshacht.

2. To jilt or desert a woman (Sc. 1911 S.D.D.). Prob. a back-formation from Shauchle, v., 1., (3) (ii).

III. n. 1. One with a wry sour expression, a gloomy humourless person. Ags. 1903  W. Allan Love & Labour 110:
Lauch at the dour an' solemn shauch.

2. In comb. shach-end, the end of a web of cloth, where the threads tend to become scanty and the quality deteriorates (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.).

[Not in O.Sc. Poss. a back formation from Shauchle.]

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"Shauch adj., v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Feb 2019 <>



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