Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BEUFSAE, adj. Ungainly. Ork.(D) 1880 Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 105:
The muckel ugly beufsae breut! Wi' quern feet an' boolsae ceut [crooked ankle].
Ork.1 1934:
Beufsae, clumsy. Still in use in Eday though I do not know it.

[Prob. related to Buffel, q.v., to push, walk clumsily, and to Norse bufsa, to spring or run clumsily (see Torp s.v. buff).]

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"Beufsae adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 22 Jan 2022 <>



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