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BICK, Bikk, Bekk, Bikko, n.1 [bɪk, bek, bɛk Sh.; ′bko Ork.]

1. A female dog. Sc. equivalent of Eng. bitch, and still widely known. Sc. 1827 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 317:
And that white deevil — a bick, I'se warrant, for bicks are aye the fleetest and the fiercest, hinging to the Buck's lug.
Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
bikk, bitch; also occas. bekk
; Ork. 1929 Marw.:
bikko, a she-dog, a bitch.
Abd.(D) 1917 C. Murray Sough o' War (1918) 26:
I would a had to sell't my verge, or smoke a raith on tick, But for the fleein' merchant's cairt, my ferrets an' the bick.
Ags. 1895 J. Inglis Oor Ain Folk 10:
Sluts were not so frequently used for shepherding purposes as dogs, being less tractable. The local name for a slut was “bick.”
Fif. 1733 Culross Town Records (23 Feb.):
The haill Dogs and Bicks within the town.

2. Applied to a man. Abd. 1914 R.M. in T.S.D.C. I. 20:
I never thocht he wis sic a bick.

[O.Sc. bik; O.N. bikkja; cogn. with O.E. bicce.]

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