Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FANKLE, v., n. I. 2 Add quots.: wm.Sc. 1954  Robin Jenkins The Thistle and the Grail (1994) 212:
Turk wisely scratched his chest through a gap in his shirt. "It's age," he said. "It fankles the brain. Same with my mither. Same with us all some day."
wm.Sc. 1979  Robin Jenkins Fergus Lamont 8:
She spoiled every game she took part in. If it was peaver, she hopped on all the wrong squares; if it was skipping ropes she got them fankled round her neck.
Gsw. 1984  James Kelman The Busconductor Hines 55:
Toys and books were among the fankled blanket on Paul's cot
wm.Sc. 1995  Alan Warner Morvern Callar 42:
My body jerked awake and it was dead of night. The sheet was all fankled.

II. Add quots.: wm.Sc. 1954  Robin Jenkins The Thistle and the Grail (1994) 30:
"But I do mind, Donald," said Rutherford, "and I don't care who kens it. You ken if it was left to me it would be different."
"I ken, Andrew. But human affairs aye get into a fankle."
wm.Sc. 1987  Anna Blair Scottish Tales (1990) 18:
As the braw straggle skirled their way to the outskirts of the town the Sheriff's men, leaning from an upstairs window, dropped plaids on the company and took a handful of them in a blind fankle of wool and fringe.
Gsw. 1995  Chris Dolan Poor Angels 14:
He'd suggested she go to her Mum's — where she always went when she got into one of her fankles ...
Gsw. 1999  Jimmy Boyle Hero of the Underworld 37:
Having given me a rapid introduction to animal innards, he accurately tossed the trespassing hearts or lungs or whatever to their rightful tanks. I, meantime, found myself slithering in a fankle of intestines.

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



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