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SQUALLOCH, v., n. Also squal(l)ach. [skwaləx]

I. v. To scream, cry out in a shrill voice, make a noise and commotion (Abd. 1825 Jam.; Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 179; ne.Sc. 1971). Abd. 1804  W. Tarras Poems 142:
Ye witches, warlocks, fairies, fien's! That squalloch owre the murky greens.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xl.:
There comes up o' the win' a squallachin o' fowk by ordinar'.
Bnff. 1935  I. Bennet Fishermen ii.:
Get on wi' your work, ye lazy squallochin' besoms.
Abd. 1944  C. Gavin Mt. of Light iii. v.:
To lie there squallochin' like a bairn.

II. n. 1. (1) A loud cry (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 179); (2) the noise of children in merriment (Abd. 1929; ne.Sc. 1971).

2. A person of noisy manner with a shrill voice (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 179).

[Intensive form of Eng. squall, id. See -Och, suff., III. Cf. Skelloch.]

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