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WUID, n., v. Also wüd (Sc. 1939 Scots Mag. (Feb.) 379), wude; wid (Ags. 1894 F. Mackenzie Cruisie Sk. xvi.; Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.; Abd. 1920 C. Murray Country Places 2; ne.Sc. 1974), widd (Cai. 1891 D. Stephen Gleanings 138); wud(d) (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Per., Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1915–23 Wilson; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Rxb. 1942 Zai). Dim. forms widdie, -y, wuddie, -y. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. wood. [Sh., n.Sc., em.Sc. (a) wɪd: Cai., Abd., m. and s.Sc. + wʌd]

I. n. 1. As in Eng., the material, timber. Hence (1) wudden (Edb. 1872 J. Smith Jenny Blair 27; Cai. 1915 John o' Groat Jnl. (25 June); Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1923–6 Wilson; Fif. 1939 St Andrews Cit. (30 Dec.) 6; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Rxb. 1942 Zai), wuden (Sc. 1812 The Scotchman 19–20), widden (Sh. 1897 Shetland News (25 Dec.); Ags. 1911 T. W. Ogilvie Poems 84; Ayr. 1923 Wilson Dial. Burns 194; Rnf. 1923 G. Blake Mince Collop Close 109; Abd. 1934 D. Scott Hum. Stories 13), wooden. Combs. (i) wooden breeks, a coffin (Per., Ayr. 1974); (ii) wooden doolie, a gall-nut (Mry. 1921 T.S.D.C.). See Doolie, n.2; (iii) wudden jeckit, = (i) (Ags., Ayr. 1974); (iv) widden overcoat, id.; (v) wooden sark, id. (Ayr. 1974); (2) widdie, wuddie, (i) adj., woody; (ii) n., (a) a nickname for a wood-worker, a carpenter; (b) a wood-eating insect infesting trees (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). (1) (i) Bwk. 1821  W. Sutherland Poems 19:
A pair o' doolfu' wooden breeks Now does him clede.
(iii) Fif. 1943  :
Of a dying man, it is said: “It'll no be lang afore he pits on his wudden jeckit.”
(iv) Gsw. 1958  C. Hanley Dancing in Streets 125:
The only cure fur that yin'll be a widden overcoat.
(v) Dmf. 1823  J. Kennedy Poems 69:
After a' this frugal wark It pinch'dly coft a wooden sark.
(2) (i) Sh. 1964  Folk Life II. 8:
Widdy peat, found deep down and in some places like the mires of North Dale so full of large tough roots, apparently of trees, that they could not be cut with normal implements.
(ii) (a) Edb. 1964  J. T. R. Ritchie Singing Street 8:
Trades, too, carry nicknames: “snabs”; “wuddies”.

2. An inferior type of small coal. Comb. pan-wood, see Pan, n.1, 1.(17). e.Lth. 1739  Trans. E. Lth. Antiq. Soc. X. 32:
The pan wood of coalls 8 lb.
m.Lth. 1746  Bryan Pit Acct. Bk. MS. 122:
By Marrion Penman Agnes Euart Margaret Young and Margaret Patterson each 6 days bearing. Coal and wood from [Dyke of fowll Coall].
em.Sc. 1832  Chambers's Jnl. (Feb .) 19:
The invention of manufacturing sea-salt in this way is so ancient, that it cannot be dated. [The small coal used in this manufacture is still, oddly enough, called wood.]

3. As in Eng., a cluster of trees, a small forest, wud (Rnf. 1790 A. Wilson Poems 200; Ayr. 1822 H. Ainslie Pilgrimage 81; Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xviii.; Bwk. 1879 W. Chisholm Poems 19: Knr. 1891 H. Haliburton Ochil Idylls 33; Dmf. 1913 A. Anderson Later Poems 89; Lth. 1920 A. Dodds Songs of Fields 8; s.Sc. 1933 Border Mag. (June) 82), wid (Abd. 1929 J. Alexander Mains and Hilly 96; Bnff. 1934 J. M. Caie Kindly North 24). Comb. and deriv.: (1) wuddie (Abd. 1851 W. Anderson Rhymes 169; Ags. 1934 J. Angus Sheltering Pine i. v. i.), widdie, -y (Abd. 1851 W. Anderson Rhymes 149, Abd. 1923 Banffshire Jnl. (30 Jan.)); (2) wudlan(d), woodland (Dmf. 1874 R. Reid Moorland Rhymes 72; Bwk. 1879 W. Chisholm Poems 35: Lth. 1920 A. Dodds Songs of Fields 11).

4. Combs.: (1) widd-bin, wudbine, the woodbine or honeysuckle; (2) wood-carrier, the caddis-worm, so called from the splinters of wood adhering to its case (Rxb. 1915 Jedburgh Gaz. (3 Sept.) 2). Also in Eng. dial.; (3) wood-court, a court illegally set up by the baillie-depute in Carrick in 1722 to try people accused of cutting growing timber; (4) wood-crow, the rook, Corvus frugilegus (Cai. 1887 Harvie-Brown and Buckley Fauna Cai. 149); (5) wood-forester, erron. -fosterer, a forester, one in charge of the woods on an estate; (6) wude-ill, a disease of cattle, red-water (e.Lth. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 VI. 160; s.Sc. 1825 Jam.); (7) woodlaid, floored with wood (Cai., Abd., Lth. 1974); (8) wood-lark. not applied as in Eng. to Lullula arborea, which is rare in Scot., but to the tree-pipit, Anthus trivialis (Bwk. 1889 G. Muirhead Birds Bwk. I. 116), the willow-warbler, Phylloscopus trochilus (Sc. 1911 Trans. Edb. Field Naturalists' Soc. VI. 332), or poss. to the sedge warbler, Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, in 1795 quot.; (9) wood leave, permission given to the tenants of an estate to cut growing timber; (10) woodlouse, a bookworm (Lth. 1825 Jam.); (11) wood neuk, the corner of a wood; the corner of a room where firewood is stored (Sh. 1974); (12) wood-pease, the heath-pea, Orobus tuberosus (Fif. 1710 R. Sibbald Hist. Fife (1803) 142); (13) wood-pecker, the tree-creeper, Certhia familiaris (Per. 1885 C. Swainson Brit. Birds 57; Bnff. 1888 Trans. Bnff. Field Club 26; Bwk. 1911 A. H. Evans Fauna Tweed 69; Rxb. 1915 Jedburgh Gaz. (27 Aug.) 2); (14) wood-rasp, the wild raspberry, Rubus idaeus; (15) woodroo, woodruff, Asperula odorata. Cf. Eng. †wood-roue, id.; (16) wood-thrush, the missel thrush, Turdus viscivorus (Dmf. 1885 C. Swainson Brit. Birds 2). Also in Eng. dial.; (17) widwig, the dragonfly, Odonata (Bnff. 1968). For -wig, cf. Eng. earwig; (18) wudwise, ‘a yellow flower, which grows on bad land, and has a bitter taste' (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 486), prob. = Eng. woodwax, †-wesse, -wish, dyer's green weed, Genista tinctoria. (1) Sc. 1819  Scots Mag. (June) 526:
The wudbine scougs frae sun an' shower.
ne.Sc. 1881  W. Gregor Folk-Lore 188:
The rawn-tree in the widd-bin Haud the witches on cum in.
(3) Sc. 1722  D. Hume Punishment of Crimes (1797) II. 213:
They were also charged with the repeated holding of unlawful proceedings, called Wood-courts, in the different parishes of the bailiary.
(5) Gall. 1776  Dmf. Weekly Mag. (26 Nov.):
Andrew M'Cormick the wood-fosterer at Cardoness.
Sc. 1865  Queen Victoria More Leaves (1884) 32:
The Duke's head wood-forester.
Kcb. 1899  Crockett Kit Kennedy xxv.:
Uncle Rob, the wood-forester, had come down that morning early to the saw-mill.
(6) Rxb. 1798  R. Douglas Agric. Rxb. 150:
When [cattle are] reared in open pasture, and afterwards carried to fields where there is heath or brushwood, they are seized frequently with a serious and alarming disease, called the wood-ill, and sometimes the moor-ill, generally ascribed to their eating some herbage growing among the heath or bushes, to which they were not accustomed from their infancy.
Sc. 1814  J. Sinclair Agric. Scot., App. I. 406:
Many cows, that are said to be witched, or die of the wood-ill, &c. may suffer from this very plant [crowfoot].
(7) Cai. 1902  J. Horne Canny Countryside 25:
I slept in ‘the room', the only woodlaid bit of the house.
(8) Ayr. 1794  Burns Letters (Ferguson) No. 620:
On a wreath of the colors, a woodlark perching on a sprig of bay-tree, proper, for Crest.
Clc. 1795  Stat. Acc.1 XV. 199:
The woodlark ought to be particularly mentioned, as one of our sweetest warblers. He begins to sing early in the spring, and continues till late in harvest. Like the nightingale, he is frequently heard singing in the clear, still summer evenings. On these occasions, he commonly prolongs his song till midnight.
Bnff. 1918  Trans. Bnff. Field Club 75:
Harvie-Brown says that in Banffshire records for the Wood-Lark are in a muddle, and suggests that Tree-Pipit should be read for Wood-Lark.
Ayr. 1929  Paton & Pike Birds Ayr. 37:
Many Ayrshire observers in the past have mistaken some of these eggs for those of the Wood-Lark, . . . and it is for this reason that the Tree-Pipit has obtained the local name of Wood-Lark.
(9) Arg. 1771  Arg. Estate Instructions (S.H.S.) 3:
I desire you give positive orders to the tenants within your charge never to apply for wood-leave to any of my wood-keepers without your warrant specifying the quantity and sorts of timber they require.
(11) Dmf. 1845  Stat. Acc.2 IV. 559:
There are lands, which of old extent are designated Woodneuk, because they were situated at one of the corners of the grove.
(14) Slk. 1820  Hogg Tales (1866) 125:
Gathering wood-rasps for a delicate preserve.
(15) Lnk. 1893  J. Crawford Sc. Verses 108:
The sweet scented woodroo, sae modest an' shy.

5. In phrs., proverbial expressions, etc.: (1) gweed wid, good stuff, used fig. of a person; (2) to be i' the wud o', to be in need of (ne.Sc. 1808 Jam.). Cf. n.Eng. dial. in a wood, in a perplexity or fix; (3) to get or pit throu the wud, laddie, to (be) scold(ed) severely (Kcb. 1930). Cf. Muir, 2.(1); (4) to tak to the wood, to take to hiding or concealment, like an outlaw (Sc. 1887 Jam.). Cf. Forest, 2.(2); (5) when the wood 'ill be cuttit, see quot.; (6) wood and water, see quot. (1) Abd. c.1780  Ellis E.E.P. V. 774:
Breece wis a pauchtie chappie, and a bittie gweed wid o's size.
(2) Per. 1857  J. Stewart Sketches 184:
I'm i' the wud o' winter shoon, The pair I hae are mair than dune.
(5) Per. 1896  D. Macara Crieff 2:
We'll get it when the wood 'ill be cuttit (a favourite expression when there was an unsuccessful search for anything).
(6) Sc. 1829  Scott Rob Roy Intro.:
The Duke of Argyle was also one of Rob Roy's protectors, so far as to afford him, according to the Highland phrase, wood and water — the shelter, namely, that is afforded by the forests and lakes of an inaccessible country.

II. v. 1. To make or construct from wood. Lnk. 1893  J. Crawford Sc. Verses 56:
The flure wasna wuddet or flagget.

2. To plant trees in (a place), to afforest. Vbl.n. wooding, a planting of trees, the trees so planted, a copse or wood. Rnf. 1788  E. Picken Poems 76:
The mantlan ivy cling To wooding in the grove.
Sc. 1828  H. Steuart Planter's Guide 355:
The wooding of two acres of ground as a Close Plantation.
Dmb. 1846  W. Cross Disruption xxxii.:
What does he know about the quarries, the fishings, and the woodings?
Wgt. 1875  W. McIlwraith Guide Wgt. 103:
Much of the wooding which gives variety to the landscape.
Per. 1923  H. Coates Per. Naturalist 222:
Whole hillsides were stripped bare of wooding.

[O.Sc. wod, 1375, wid, c.1475, wood, wod leif, 1503, wood, small coal, 1672.]

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