Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
SHAUCHLE, v., n., adj. Also -el, s(c)hachle, -el, -il, sha(u)ghle, schauchle; shochel, s(c)ho(a)chle; shuchle, sh(e)ughle; sha(u)ckle, shuckle, shaucle, shockle; ¶shaugle. [ʃxl, ʃɑxl]
I. v. 1. (1) intr. To walk without lifting the feet, to shuffle, shamble, walk in an ungainly, heavy-footed manner (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Cai. 1904 E.D.D.; Per., Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1915–26 Wilson; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Rxb. 1942 Zai; Uls. 1953 Traynor; Ork. 1958 Ork. Herald (25 Feb.) 3, shuckle). Gen.(exc.I.)Sc. Also transf. and fig. Also of one's shoes: to scuffle, fit loosely, be slack.
Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 142:
Had you such a Shoe on every Foot, you would shochel. Abd. 1813 D. Anderson Poems 117:
Gutty carlies schochlin rin. Sc. 1817 Hogg in Blackwood's Mag. (April) 23:
Off comes Geordie, shaugle shauglin a' his pith. [Works (1837) II. 152: shaughle shaughlin.] Sc. 1835 Wilson's Tales of the Borders I. 149:
Dinna let yer shoon be shaughlin aff yer feet in that gaet. Slg. c.1860 Trans. Slg. Arch. Soc. (1923) 23:
Wi' bauchles a' slaiggered owre, A lassie shauchled through thick an' thin. Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) ii.:
Sandy gaed shauchlin' oot at the door. Arg. 1896 N. Munro Lost Pibroch 187:
The amadan laughed at her, and went shauchling down to the cotter's. Edb. 1900 E. H. Strain Elmslie's Drag-Net 10:
The sight o' John Jamieson shaughlin doon the road after seein' him marchin' through the toon like a sojer. ne.Sc. 1929 M. W. Simpson Day's End 19:
When the shadows are shauchlin', black an' blin'. Sc. 1970 Scots Mag (Jan.) 369:
An ungainly flat-bottomed boat shauchling drunkenly on a heavy swell.
(2) tr. To wear a garment, shoes, etc., out of shape, to twist or buckle by rough usage, to distort (wm.Sc., Kcb. 1970).
Sc. 1808 Jam.:
He has shachilt aw his schoon. Lnk. 1893 J. Crawford Sc. Verses 35:
Sma' fear o' ticht shoon raisin' corns on his taes, They ne'er shauchlet the feet o' Kate Galloway's Tam.
(3) Derivs.: ppl.adjs. (i) shauchlin, (a) of persons, animals or their gait; unsteady or weak on one's feet, shambling, shuffling, knock-kneed, wearing worn-out shoes (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; n., m. and s.Sc. 1970); of shoes: out of shape, down at heel and worn, badly-fitting (Sc. 1832 Scott Works XXXIX. 508; Watson; Bnff., Abd., Fif., w.Lth., wm. and s.Sc. 1970); of other articles: rickety, ramshackle, wobbly; also fig. of persons; poor-spirited, paltry, wavering, undependable, unworthy; (b) as a n., phs. by confusion with -Lin(g), suff.: a puny ill-developed person, a weakling; (ii) shachled, shachl't, = (i) (a) (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Per., Ayr. 1915–23 Wilson; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; m.Sc. 1970). Phr. shaughled shoes, worn-out and discarded shoes, used fig. of an abandoned sweetheart, an old flame. See Shae, n., 2.; (iii) shauchlie, -y, sheughly = (i) (a) (Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 270; ne. and m.Sc. 1970). Combs. shauchlie-bowlie, bandy-legged (Fif., Lnk. 1970). Cf. Bowlie, adj.; shauchlie-fittit, shambling (Ayr. 1928); shauchlie-leggit, -shanked, bandy-legged. Deriv. shauchleyness, weakness or deformity in the legs, knock-kneedness; (iv) shochelsome, shuffling, heavy or ungainly on one's feet.
(i) (a) Dmf. 1806 Scots Mag. (March) 206:
Waddlin' Sam, the shauchlin' ferlie. Sc. 1823 Lockhart Reg. Dalton III. 119:
Yon poor shaughlin' in-kneed bit scray! Sc. 1826 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 186:
A bit schachlin ewe-necked powney. Gsw. 1855 Glasgow Past & Present (Pagan 1884) II. 300:
Can you gi'e me a wee pickle 'oo to stap in the neb o' my shune, for they're unco shachlan? Abd. 1868 G. MacDonald R. Falconer i. iv.:
I'm ower shochlin' for a sodger. Uls. 1886 W. G. Lyttle Sons of the Sod xxix:
He's a great big awkward, shughlin kind o' fellow. Sc. 1896 Stevenson W. Hermiston iii.:
I would send no man to be a servant to the King that has proved such a shauchling son to his own father. Dmf. 1917 J. L. Waugh Cute McCheyne 51:
A shauchlin' wheeled perambulator. Ags. 1928 Scots Mag. (May) 142:
He had grown into an auld shauclin' carle. Bnff. 1934 J. M. Caie Kindly North 6:
A shogglin', shauchlin' cairt. (b) Dmb. 1868 J. Salmon Gowodean 77:
A bruckit shachlan, nought about you hale. Per. 1895 I. Maclaren Auld Lang Syne 236:
Ye micht ca' him a shachlin' cratur. (ii) Sc. 1736 Ramsay Proverbs (1776) 86:
Ye shape shoon by your ain shachled feet. Ayr. 1795 Burns Last May vii.:
And how her new shoon fit her auld shachl't feet. Sc. 1819 Scott Bride of Lamm. xxviii.:
Bucklaw was welcome to the wearing of Ravenswood's shaughled shoes. Dmf. 1825 Jam.:
She's baith shochled and sheyld. Sc. 1827 G. R. Kinloch Ballad Book 53:
I saw a puggie wearing boots, And he had but shachled cutes. Ags. 1853 W. Blair Aberbrothock 45:
A' the wabsters an' shaughled oondocht bodies i' the toon. Kcb. 1893 Crockett Raiders xlvi.:
Silver Sand wi' his bit scythe an' his lang shauchelt airms. s.Sc. 1898 E. Hamilton Mawkin xi.:
We'se find wha's glinked our scogie-lass, And gar him fill his shackled shoon. Lnk. 1910 C. Fraser Glengonnar 47:
Onybody Easie didna like she ca'ed them shachl't. . . . “He's a shachl't-lookin' crater yon.” Edb. 1923 W. D. Lyell Justice Clerk i.:
Red hair, white face, and shauchled legs! (iii) Sc. 1830 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) III. 70:
That wee shauchly body the Marquis o' Winchester. Rnf. 1870 J. Nicholson Idylls 121:
The fleetest racer e'er ye saw was ance a shaughlie foal. Ags. 1886 A. Willock Rosetty Ends 162:
They had a limp shauchleyness aboot their legs. Fif. 1896 D. S. Meldrum Grey Mantle 272:
Hey! for another ride in a shauchly gig down the pitch-black roads. Kcb. 1901 R. Trotter Gall. Gossip 167:
They wur that lang an shilpit an shauchly. Lnk. 1926 W. Queen We're A' Coortin' 24:
Ay, an' aboot her man tae — the wee, shauchly-leggit bauchle that he is. wm.Sc. 1943 J. Bridie Mr Bolfry i.:
A breed of men that has not died out even in this shauchly generation. Gsw. 1958 People's Jnl. (6 Dec.):
He's jist a wee shauchly-shanked craitur. (iv) ne.Sc. 1950 Northern Scot (23 Dec.):
Scotswoman, describing attempts of a raw rustic at a three-some reel: “At first he was some shochel-some, syne he got intae the stotter o't.”
2. With aff: to shuffle or shake off, as by wriggling, get rid of, discard (Abd., Kcd. 1970).
Bnff. 1924 Swatches o' Hamespun 83:
An antrin een tried te shochle him aff. Abd. 1961 Buchan Observer (7 March):
Shocklin' aff her bits o' duds.
II. n. 1. A shuffling, shambling gait (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Abd., Kcb. 1970).
Sc. 1920 D. Rorie Auld Doctor 26:
Yet the Deil has General Wade For learnin's the shauchle instead o' the step Wi' the weary wark o' a spade.
2. An old worn-out shoe or slipper (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); anything worn-out or dilapidated, a rickety ramshackle instrument or erection (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.). ¶Also attrib.
Rnf. 1835 D. Webster Rhymes 194:
There'll be gude tents an' shachels, For drinkers to roar an' to rift. Ags. 1848 Feast of Liter. Crumbs (1891) 17:
Farewell my tatter'd, toil-worn bachals, Though now a pair o' puir skewld'd shachals. Sc. 1928 Scots Mag. (Jan.) 304:
The slaudderin' o' their shauchle shoon.
3. A weakly, undergrown or deformed person or animal (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 425; Dmf. 1825 Jam.; Ags., Per. 1970). Comb. shochlum[ < -and]-showd, a person with a shambling, waddling gait (Abd.15 1940). See Showd.
Abd. 1870 W. Buchanan Olden Days 123:
A sad shachle o' a creatur, wi' legs like a mavis. Arg. 1914 N. Munro New Road xiii.:
The shauchle of a fellow that came wi' me.
†4. In pl.: a contemptuous term for the legs, esp. unshapely ones (Abd. 1825 Jam., shochles).
III. adj. Ricketty, unsteady, joggly.
Ayr. 1834 Galt Stories of Study III. 77:
If they [solid wheels] had been like our shauckle wheels, they would soon have been broken.
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