Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BEET, BEAT, v.2 and n.3 [bit Sc.; bet Fif. (coast)]
1. v. Pa.t., pa.p., bet. [bet, bèt]
(1) To mend, repair, esp. nets.
Sc. 1887 Jam.6 Add.:
He was quietly beetin his net on the green. Ork. 1929 Marw.:
Beet, to repair a boat, to tar and paint it. w.Dmf. 1889 J. Shaw in Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. 148:
In Tynron beeting a dyke means mending it.
(2) To help (1825 Jam.2), to comfort.
Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems II. 185:
This Man may beet the Poet bare and clung, That rarely has a Shilling in his Spung. Rxb. 1826 A. Scott Poems 83:
An' at the muse, dear lassie, yet I've taen nae dorts, nor sullen pet, I own my needs, she's often bet.
(3) To supply something wanting — e.g. replace lost hooks on a fishing-line.
Sc. 1823 Blackw. Mag. XIII. 314:
If twa or three hunder pounds can beet a mister for you in a strait, ye sanna want it. Ork. 1929 Marw.:
To fasten a bit of snoodline on to a hook to facilitate the fixing upon a line. Bnff. 1930 2 :
Beet the line. To overhaul a line for the purpose of replacing lost tippens or hooks. “Beet th' line, Jonnie, till I rin ower to Findlay's for some new hyooks.” e.Abd. 1881 J. W. Ritchie Geordie Tough's Squeel (1931) 5:
Tae makin' sneeds an' keepin' coonts, An' splicin' lines an' beetin' wints. Bwk. 1917 J. W. Downie in Kelso Chron. (1 June):
The husband “beats the wants” (replaces lost hooks). Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B. 52:
Beet. To make up deficiencies of (yarn) in the warp by knotting in a piece.
(4) To kindle or add fuel to a fire (lit. and fig.). Transferred to a person, hence to warm, to warm up; perhaps, in quot. 2, there may be a confusion with Beek, v.1
Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems 273:
Now the Sun's gane out o' Sight, Beet the Ingle, and snuff the Light. m.Lth. 1816 J. Aikman Poems 227:
She brought a stool, gar't him sit near, An' beet himsel aside the flame. Peb. 1805 J. Nicol Poems I. 25:
But beet the fire! — we'll mak a shift The infant year to welcome. Rnf. 1835 R. Tannahill Poems and Songs (1876) 131:
Her sapless fingers scarce can nip The wither'd twigs tae beet her fire. s.Sc. 1847 H. S. Riddell Poems 351:
Forbye, I hae the kiln to beet, Wi' fuel late and early.
Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 10:
But with mair wyles an' can [skill] they bet the flame. Ags. 1820 A. Balfour Contemplation, etc. 276:
She ne'er forgot, that Love requires Mair skill to beet, than light, his fires. Edb. 1838 W. McDowall Poems 198:
Haith, love I fear will soon grow cauld, If there's nocht to beet the lowe. Ayr. 1786 Burns Cotter's Saturday Night xiii.:
Or noble Elgin beets the heaven-ward flame. Kcb. 1814 W. Nicholson Poems (1897) 138:
Hope beets the youthfu' lover's flame Enjoyment gars us falter.
Phr. beet to, keep increasing the speed.
Ayr. 1787 Burns Letter to W. Nicol (ed. Ferguson 1931) 94:
When ance her ringbanes and spavies . . . are fairly soupl'd, she beets to, beets to, and ay the hindmost hour the tightest.
(5) Comb.: beet master, a person or thing helpful in an emergency, hence a stop-gap. See Mister.
Sc. 1816 Scott O. Mortality xl.:
Next she enlarged on the advantage of saving old clothes to be what she called “beet masters to the new.”
2. n. A needful thing, a want; gen. in pl.
Sc. 1829 R. Chambers (ed.) Sc. Songs II. 588:
Sell hawkie, minnie, And buy the beets to me.
You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.
"Beet v.2, n.3". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 23 Oct 2019 <https://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/beet_v2_n3>
Try an Advanced Search