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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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ACKER, Akker, Akkir, Awkir, Aker, n. [′ɑkər Sh., ′ɑ:kər Bnff.]

1. Stalk of corn with ear on, or collective sing. (Sh.) = stalks of corn. (See also Aiker.)Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):

2. In phr. in acker, in fragments, bits. (Bnff. in awkirs.)Sh.(D) 1891 J. J. H. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 57:
Till da strae is blaaen in akker, An da wa, sae smoodly pinnd.
Sh.(D) 1898 Sh. News 7 May:
Da horses wis twa wild pooshins, an' dey loopid mad an' led da ploo in acker.
Sh. 1914 Angus Gl. 11:
Akker, minute particles; especially corn trampled by animals, or broken down by the wind. “Laid in akker.”
Sh.(D) 1916 J. J. H. Burgess Rasmie's Smaa Murr Maerch 30:
Steek yer aald grinnd on tröth, an' shö'll lay him in akkir.
Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
Aker, crushed mass; to lay in aker = to crush.
Bnff. 1866 Gregor D.Bnff. 9:
He dreeve doun the leukin'-glass, an' dang't in awkirs.
Abd. 1825 Jam.2:
To ding to awkir, to dash to pieces.

3. A small quantity.Bnff.2 1929:
Cud ye gimme an acker o' tay t' pit ower Sunday? I forgot t' get ony at the shoppie.

[This word is probably connected with aiker and icker, q.v. Cf. also shauve-acker.]

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