Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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WALT, v.2 To totter, be on the point of falling, to topple, to roll or tumble over, of a sheep. Also in Eng. dial. Pa.p. walted, lying on its back, of a sheep. See Awald, adj.1, Avald, adj.1 Rxb. 1923  Watson W.-B.:
The owrehingin slabs were waltin' wi' the jugglin' o' the cairt.
s.Sc. 1925  Scottish Farmer (24 Jan.) 96:
Take, for instance, the month of June when sheep are “walting.” Those good dogs . . . might be able to lift the “walted” ewe.

[O.Sc. wolt, welt, to throw, cast, welt, to roll over, 1513, Mid.Eng. walten, to throw, totter, fall over, also welten, id., of Scand. orig. Cf. Icel., Norw. velta, id.]

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