Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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TRIPE, n., adj., v., adv. Also trype and in dim. or freq. forms trypal, -el.

I. n. A tall, thin, ungainly person (Sc. 1825 Jam., a lang tripe o' a fallow; Abd. 1973, trypal); a slovenly person (Bnff. 1930, trypal). Abd. 1739  Caled. Mag. (1788) 503:
But a lang trypal there was snap, Came on him wi' a benn.
Abd. 1920  Banffshire Jnl. (8 May) 10:
Ye pammerin trypel.

II. adj. Slovenly, gangling, gen. applied to a tall, ungainly person (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 200, trypal).

III. v. To walk or work in a careless, slovenly manner (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 200, trype, trypal). Vbl.n., ppl.adj. tryp(al)an, trypalin (Id.).

[Extended use of Eng. tripe, the intestines of an animal or human being, also †as a term of contempt for a person, Fr. tripe, tripaille, entrails.]

Tripe n., adj., v., adv.

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