DSL - SND1 WHEECH, v.1, n.1 Also wheegh, wheigh, whihh, which, ¶whihe; quhich, quhigh (Jam.); wheek; ¶wheef- and freq. forms whihher, quhihher. [i; ik]
I. v. 1. intr. To move through the air, to rush, dash with a whizzing sound (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.; Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 212; n. and m.Sc. 1974); to make any quick forward movement, to walk fast (Uls. 1924 Northern Whig (2 Jan.)). Deriv. whihher, quhihher, to dart, as a bird in flight (Ags. 1808 Jam.). Agent n. wheecher, wheeker, anything big or outstanding of its kind, something of top quality or excellence, a thumper, stunner (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Lnk., Kcb., Dmf. 1974), a big lie, a whopper (Dmf. 1974).
*Sc. 1803 Scott Minstrelsy III. 361:
I quhihher by thaim down the stream.
*n.Sc. 1808 Jam. s.v. quhich:
It gaid whichin by.
*Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry 25:
There was a sough, like flann or flaw As in he whihher'd throu' the wa'.
She wheekit awa' afore I cud say a word.
*Ags. 1948 Forfar Dispatch (8 Jan.):
The Granny on the lum-heid gaed wheekin up ee air afore it fell throwe the sky-licht ee washin-hoose.
*m.Sc. 1950 B.B.C. Broadcast:
It's what I would have called a ``beezer,'' a ``wheecher'', or a ``bobby-dazzler.''
2. tr. To remove (something) with a speedy, sweeping, forcible movement, to snatch or whisk away (Uls. 1905 E.D.D.; n. and m.Sc. 1974); in Lth. slang usage: to carry a load, esp. of coals, on one's back. Deriv. (coal-) wheecher, --- wheefer, a coal-carter, coalman. See also
[COAL], n., 5. (12).
*m.Lth. 1857 Misty Morning 231:
Mony a backfu' o' peats I used to wheech across't when I was a bit laddie.
*Edb. 1870 J. Lauder Warblings 61:
I can wheigh awa' a basket or a pock.
*Edb. 1876 J. Smith Archie and Bess 25:
Wheechers crying ``Co-a-l-s!'' in Greek.
*Lth. 1930 J. Cockburn Country Love 144:
Geordie the coal wheefer.
*Edb. 1955 Scotsman (2 June):
Leith traders whose customers were wheeched away to Sighthill or The Drum.
*Cai. 1958 Edb. John o' Groat Liter. Soc.:
`E lassigies are real enthusiasts an' `e yowng chiels are wheeched awey.
*Edb. 1965 J. T. R. Ritchie Golden City 29:
Ye wheech the head off a yellow dandelion.
3. tr. To beat, to whack, smack, hit (Ags., Per., Lnk., Ayr. 1974). Vbl.n. wheechin.
*Gall. 1888 D. McWhirter Musings 147:
Oft by fortunes, frowns an' copes, And self mischanter wheekit sairly.
II. n. 1. A soft whizzing sound (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 210; ne.Sc., Lth. 1974); the hissing of an adder (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 473, whihe).
2. (1) A blow delivered with a whizzing sound (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 210; Kcd., Ags., Lth., wm.Sc. 1974); gen. in pl.: strokes with the tawse, a belting, at school (Fif., Lth., Lnk. 1974), adj. wheeky in comb. ¶wheeky-whacky day, a day at school in which the tawse is much in use (Id.).
(2) A sudden sweeping motion, a whisk (ne.Sc. 1974), used in quot. of a quick perfunctory hair-cut.
*Ags. 1964 D. Phillips Hud Yer Tongue 7:
The less particular, probably also less temperate barbers, sometimes turned out youthful clients with haircuts to be dubbed as The Wheech, or Catcht-inthi-Sweeng-Doors, by waggish grown-ups.
III. adv. With a soft, whizzing sound (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 210).