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Undocht, -do(u)ght, n. Also: undoch(e, wndocht, -dought, undooght, ondocht. [? f. do(u)cht, p.t. of Dow v.1 to be of use or value, to be able or fit to do something, or ? ME douȝt (c1320), dought (Manning) doughty, valiant, mighty. Also, as un-, o(o)n- and wandocht, in the later dial. Cf. NFris. ündöght worthless person, WFris. on-, ûnducht corrupt or morbid matter, Flem. (obsol.) ondocht a worthless kind of crab.] A weak or worthless individual; a good-for-nothing. (a) Tak thé a fidill or a floyte et geste Wndought [OUP Undought, B., M. vndocht] thou art ordanyt to not ellis; Kennedy Flyt. 507 (Ch. & M.).
Quhat devil raks thé of our preiching, vndocht? Lynd. Sat. 2940 (Ch.).
Let nevir this vndoche [H. vndoght] of evill doing irk; Montg. Flyt. 454 (T).
Pryde, ire, and invy, that vndoche [H. vndooght] abvsit; Polwart Flyt. 624 (T).
Suearnes … Quho laschelie dreamis both nicht & day, a barren undocht eik; James VI Poems I 181/643.
Mr. George Graham the undoch of bishops, had gotten the bishoprick of Dumblane the excrement of bishopricks; J. Gordon Hist. II 134.
Mr. Brown being removed, they will have little to do to trample upon the poor undought that is left behind; 1679 Wodrow Hist. IV (1830) 501.
Seeing himself at such a loss … by a company of undoughts, as they are juged; yea nothings; McWard Serm. 27.
(b) Wylt thou suffir this ondocht [Sm. wndocht, Ruddim. vndocht] Thy lang travale and laubour be for nocht; Doug. vii vii 33.

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