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Chapin, Chappin, n. Also: chapine, -ein(e, chapon; chapping, -ein, -en. [Later form of chopin, with usual change of o to a before p. See also Schapin.] = Chopin n.(a) a1605 Montg. Flyt. 463.
The kow [to] give a chapin [T. choppin] was wont to giue a quart
1596 Highland P. I. 165.
A chapine of aqua vitie
1604 Elgin Rec. II. 125.
Ane chapine oilie … to the new bell
1646 Peebles Gleanings 253.
Thair was spent that tyme four chapines wyne
1653–7 Irvine Mun. II. 257.
Half a muchken of aquavitie, … 3 chapineis of wyne
1668 Pr. Inchmahome 172.
The session … inhibited all drinking after both sermons endit, save of a chapon of ell drinking
1684 Bk. Old Edinb. C. IX. 167.
Tuentie pynts of clarett wyne & a chapine
1697 Ann. Banff I. 98.
3 loves and a chapin aill
(b) 1576 Oppress. Orkney 40.
The Duchemenis can … is litill mair nor ane Scottis chappin
1650 Peebles B. Rec. 422.
To Bet Govanes man … two bread and ane chappin of aill
1663 Irvine Mun. II. 265.
Fyve chappenis seck … ane chappein at tua merk and a half the pynt
1679 Colquhoun Chart. 293.
A chappine of secke
1687 Cromartie Corr. I. 52.
Infuse in a chappen of good claret ane ownce of quinq. wele pudered

b. Attrib. with can, cog, stoup. 1633 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 152.
Scho had ane muchkin off small aill with hir into a chapping can
1654 Edinb. Test. LXVIII. 21.
Ane pint and chapeine stoopes
1685 Soc. Ant. LVIII. 363.
A peuther chappin stoup … A English chappin peuther stoup
Ib. 364.
Some timber pynt coigs & chappin coigs

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