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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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ASSIEPATTLE, ASHIEPATTLE, Aessiepatl, Aessiepattle, Ashiepelt, n. A neglected or dirty child, a Cinderella, a lazy person, a term of contempt for the young of animals. [′ɑsɪ′pɑtl]Sh. 1825 Jam.2:
Ashiepattle, a negleted child.
Sh. 1898 K. I. in E.D.D.:
Aessiepattle. Still in common use; applied occasionally as a term of contempt to any of the young domestic animals, such as pigs, kittens, etc., which are often found lying at the fireside in a country house.
Sh. 1821 Jak. (1932):
Aessi-pattle, one who sits raking in the ashes, a Cinderella, neglected child. [Under patl.]
Ork. 1929 Marw.:
Assie pattle, a term of abuse for one who is loath to leave the fireside to do any useful work.
Ant. 1892 Ballymena Obs. (E.D.D.):
Ashiepelt, a dirty child, that lounges about the hearth; also applied to animals.

[Second element of above combs. prob. from O.N. *patla; Mod.Norse pota, to poke. Cf. also Ger. aschenputtel, a Cinderella, from O.Ger. putteln, to shake to and fro, to root up (Whitney Ger. Dict.). Cf. Dan. askepot wth same meaning.]

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"Assiepattle n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 22 May 2024 <>



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