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Cloke, Cloik, n.1 Also: cloyk(e, cloick(e. [ME. cloke (c 1275), OF. cloke, med. L. cloca. Cf. Clok n.1]

1. A cloak.(a) 1455 Acta Conc. II. Introd. 14.
All commissaris of burrowys ilk ane to haif ane pair of clokis of blew
1473 Acta Aud. 25/1.
A blak cloke, v quarteris of blak clath
1478 Ib. 83/1.
A burd clatht, a sark, … a pare of clokis
a1500 Prestis of Peblis 293.
He … for ane iak a raggit cloke has tane
1498 Dunferm. B. Rec. 84.
Ane par of new syd blak clokis
a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 509.
Thy cloutit cloke, thy skryp, and thy clamschellis, Cleke on thy cors
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 418.
My clokis thai ar caerfull in colour of sabill
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 224/12.
All vther graith that thai had that was oucht worth, viz. gownis, clokis, hudis, bannettis
1566 Treas. Acc. XI. 472.
To Johnie de Companȝe, allacay, iiij elnis of reid, to be him cloke, cote, and hois
1567 Lanark B. Rec. 35.
Ane pair of blak clokis baret with velvet
1595 Edinb. Test. XXIX. 16.
Scho leuis to … hir seruand … ane gowne & ane cloke
1668 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 248.
Aught clocks for murneing … , ilk cloke contening about fyve elnes cloth
fig. a1500 Henr. Orph. 420.
In the self suppos it fenȝeit be, And hid wnder the cloke of poecye
1513 Doug. xiii. Prol. 38.
The nycht furthspred hir cloke with sabill lyst
1562-3 Winȝet I. 52/35.
A trim cloke and excuis of thair euersioun
1596 Dalr. II. 373/15.
To put the religione for a cloke and bukler
(b) 1509 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I. 57.
Androu Dane had spulȝeit Aly Wattis douthir of ane cloik of tanny
1492 Myll Spect. 292/21.
Thar wyd cloikis & skaplaries that hingis befor thar wame
1529 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 6.
Pultre and wyld meit … nocht to be haldin in covert under cloikis or gounis … bot commonlie til be sauld till all thair Souerane Lordis liegis
1535 Stewart 32085.
[He] Gart cloikis mak, and sindrie thairin cled
1552 Treas. Acc. X. 46.
Tway elnis … armosy taffiteis to be hir ane cloik
1561 Inv. Q. Mary 23.
The furring of the foirbreistis of a syde cloik of martrickes
1568 Pref. Lyndesay 11.
Ȝe haif ane cloik now reddy for the rayne; For fair wether, ane vther ay at hand
a1585 Maitland Maitl. Q. ii. 16.
Of fyne silk [are] thair furrit cloikkis With hingand slevis lyik geill poikkis
1589 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 128.
Ane cloik of maldy; ane coit of the samyn hew
1605 Bann. Memor. App. 366.
Ane pie of blak and tua blak cloikis quhilkis ar in my mail in my awin chamber
1608 Conv. Burghs II. 253.
The weiring of cloikis and plaids is altogidder skuffed at by all strangeris
1623 Peebles Gleanings 16.
The abuilyementis of his bodie, viz. cloik, coit, breitchis [etc.]
fig. 1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 44.
He … coverit himself with the cloik of religioun sa lang as it could serue
1585 Acts III. 377/1.
Makand a cloik of his hienes name
(c) 1491 Treas. Acc. I. 187.
iiij elne of russat to be a cloyke to the King
To lyne the cap of the cloyke
1531 Ib. V. 414.
Ane Spanȝe cloyk to the King
1548 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 136.
Ane blak Spanye cloyk of France blak
1559 St. A. Kirk S. 21.
Sche saw Andro Olyphant cast his cloyk abowte Elizabeth Geddes, … upoun hir awin stayr

2. Attrib. with bag, breist, clayth, craig, lap, mask, nek, string. 1631 Edinb. Test. LV. 20 b.
Ane cloikbag with ane pair of schewes
1587 Treas. Acc. MS. 116.
Reid crammessie freis to lyne thair cloik breistis
1652 Edinb. Test. LXV. 244 b.
vj dussone … cloick breist buttones
1592 Ib. XXIV. 69 b.
Fyve ellis of broun cloik claytht at v merkis the elne
1618 Ib. L. 165.
Fyftene cloik craigis buttonis at xij s the pece
1613 Ib. XLVII. 226 b.
Tua pair of sateine cloik lapis at vj lib. the pair
1568 Buch. Indict. 43.
To lat the varld vnderstand quhat a cloke mask wes wsit to cover sa vicket a cryme
1602 Tailor's Acc. Bk. 19 b.
Ane ell and ane quarter of stif harne to stive the … cloik nek and coit burris
1652 Edinb. Test. LXV. 244 a.
ix cloick neck buttones
1690 Newport Glasgow Customs MS. 16.
Threttie ells of cloik stringes

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