Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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TOTTER, v. Sc. usages:

1. As in Eng. In comb. and deriv. (1) totterlogic, senseless talk, esp. when referring to drunken conversation (Kcd. 1921 T.S.D.C.); (2) tottersum, unstable, apt to totter (Bnff. a.1838 Jam. MSS. X. 319).

2. Prob. rather a variant of Tottle, v.1: (1) to ripple, purl, of running water. Ayr. 1819  Kilmarnock Mirror 299:
The burns echoed melody as they tottered alang atween the green braes.

(2) to bubble or bob about gently in boiling water (Ags. 1972). Cf. Hotter. Ags. 1957  Forfar Dispatch (18 April):
A rare een [kettle] that sat on the stove day and nicht. The boolie tottert awa in'd for the furr.

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