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BEEK, BEAK, BEIK, Bike, v.1 [bik Sc.; bəik Ags.]

1. To warm; bask; of the sun, shine brightly. Gen.Sc.

(1) tr. Abd. 1827 J. Imlah May Flowers 138:
Whare cronies, by the chimla cheek, When cauld, their cuits an' bosoms beek.
Slg. 1829 G. Wyse Orig. Poems 47:
With meal, and coals, We feel nae want, nae cauld ava, Beaking our soles.
Arg.1 1929:
Ah'll go an' beek mysel' in the sun.
Lnk. 1798 D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 101:
A great big cat sitting in a weaver's window, beiking herself in the sun.

(2) intr. Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems II. 201:
Her Cheek, where Roses free from Stain, In Glows of Youdith beak.
Ags. 1894 A. Reid Sangs o' the Heatherland 11:
Bricht the clachan fires are burnin', Warm the he'rts that bike a' roond.
Fif. 1841 C. Gray Lays and Lyrics 237:
The morning sun on Melos beekit, But no a lum in Melos reekit.
Edb. 1856 J. Ballantine Poems 90:
Whaur the big peat stack an' the craft o' bier Tauld that in winter simmer beakit here.
Dmb. 1860 W. Watt Poems 34:
Saunders Gray; Wha, wi' his spouse, sat beekin' by the ingle.
Uls.2 1929:
Beekin, roasting hot (as under a summer sun).

2. To add fuel to fire. Kcb. 1910 J. Heughan in Gallovidian No. 48, 181:
Wee Cupid beeks the fire.
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B. 52:
Beek. To make up (a fire).
Uls. 1897 A. M'Ilroy When Lint was in the Bell viii.:
After this, Dan would gather himself up, make his way slowly home, and spend the afternoon “beekin” the fire with whins.

[O.Sc. beke, beyk, beek,, to expose the body to warmth, v.intr., to enjoy warmth, bask; from Barbour (1375) onwards. Found also in Mid.Eng. c.1400, beke, beyke, but obs. in Mod.Eng. Perhaps the influence of Beet, v.2, 1 (4), to mend, kindle, may account for the meaning in 2.]

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