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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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BAIKIE, Baiky, Baickie, Bakey, Bakie, n.1 [′bekɪ̢, ′bekɪ̢]

1. A square vessel made of wood, used for ashes, coals, refuse.Sc. 1837 Blackw. Mag. XLI. 414/2:
The chamber-maid . . . swept them all away in her bakey with other refuse.
em.Sc. 1909 J. Black Melodies and Memories 17:
Bring forrit, my lassie, a baikie o' coals.
Slg.1 1932:
Baikie, this is the word current in Slg., never Backet. Gen. in comb. ass baikie, coal baikie.
w.Sc. 1933 (per Kcb.1):
She says to the servant-girl “Bring the hens' baikie” when they are going to feed the poultry.
Lnk.5 1929:
Bakie is used to designate a wooden ash-bucket without a cover and with two side handles.
w.Dmf. 1925 W. A. Scott Vern. of Mid-Nithsdale, Trans. Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. 16:
Baiky, wood bucket, scoop-shaped, with lugs on each side, and carried against the breast, used for carrying in coals and out ashes. Heard in Sanquhar.

Hence bakiefu(ll), as much as can be carried in a baikie.Gsw. 1713 Records Trades Ho. (Lumsden 1934) 7:
A baickie full of clay.
Ayr. 1742 Ayr Presb. Reg. MS. (1 Sept.):
What is worn by the weather Which a Bakiefull or two of lime will repair.
Ayr. 1818 Kilmarnock Mirror 112:
In comes Geordie carryin' his muckle bakie fu' o' buns.

2. “A square wooden trough for holding provender for cows, horses, etc.; as ‘the cow's baikie,' ‘the horse's baikie'” (Jam.2 1825 for Lnk.).Lnk. 1991:
Baikie: wooden trough for feeding sheep, from 'box'; boxes/baikies interchangeable.
Ayr.4 1928:
Baikie, a square wooden vessel used for . . . feeding cattle.
Ayr. 1989:
Baikie (a wee trough for calves).
sm.Sc. 1988 W. A. D. and D Riach A Galloway Glossary :
baikie a wooden box or trough with handles for feeding sheep or cattle

3. “A wooden vessel, of a square form, in which dishes are washed” (Jam.2 1825 for Lnk.).Ayr.4 1928:
Baikie, a square wooden vessel used for . . . washing dishes.

4. A small stool.Ayr. 1900 “G. Douglas” House w. the G. Shutters (1901) x.:
They'll need to stand on a baikie that put the branks on him.
m.Dmf.3 c.1920:
Baikie, a small stool.

[May be a dim. of Back, n.2, or ad. Fr. baquet; O.Sc. bakie, 1629.]

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