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BLUDIE, BLUIDY, Bleedy, Bluid, adj. Sc. forms of Eng. bloody. For phonetics see Blude. Abd.(D) c.1760 J. Skinner Ewie wi' the Crookit Horn in Amusements, etc. (1809) ix.:
But thus, poor thing, to lose her life, Aneath a bleedy villain's knife.
Peb. 1805 J. Nicol Poems I. 138:
An' bludie sportsmen, owre the dale, Brought birrin pairtricks down.

Combs.: 1. bluid(y) alley, -ally, “a boy's marble, used for pitching . . . [gen.] painted with blue and red lines” (Sc. 1911 S.D.D. Add. s.v. bluidy alley). E.D.D. says “in gen. dial. use”; 2. bludie-bells, “foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, an herb. Dead-men's Bells, synon.” (Lnk. 1825 Jam.2); 3. bluidy-fingers, (1) as 2 (Gall. 1825 Jam.2). Given in E.D.D. for Bwk. and also for some counties in Eng.; (2) “the laburnum” (w.Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); 4. bluidy-, blood(y)-puddin(g), “a ‘black pudding' of blood, suet, onions, and pepper in part of a sheep or ox gut” (Sc. 1911 S.D.D. s.v. bloody-pudding); given as obs. in N.E.D. under form blood-pudding, with quots. 1583 and 1741. 1. Slg. 1914 T.S.D.C. I. 23; Ayr.4 1928, bluid alley:
Bluidy ally, a small white marble with red marks.
3. (1) Lnk. 1928 W. C. Fraser Yelpin' Stane vi.:
Looking into a clear pool, that reflected like a looking-glass the waving ferns and gaudy “Bluidy-fingers,” he saw that it was alive with beautiful speckled trout.
Kcb. 1789 D. Davidson Seasons 63:
Frae rankly-growing bri'ers an' bluidy-fingers.
w.Dmf. 1899 J. Shaw Country Schoolmaster 344:
Bluidy-fingers, fox-gloves; in Renfrewshire called Dead-men's bells.
4. Sc. 1706 First Earl of Cromartie in Earls of Crm. (ed. Fraser 1876) II. 1:
Vnless wee be a part each of other, the vnion will be as a blood puddin to bind a catt, i.e. till one or the other be hungry, and then the puddin flyes.
Sh.(D) 1918 T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. I. vii.:
Puddins? Dir no comin wi bluidy puddins ipu da tap o aa dis, ir dey?
Edb. 1773 R. Fergusson Sc. Poems (1925) 57:
And white and bloody puddins routh, To gar the Doctor skirl, O Drouth!

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"Bludie adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 12 May 2021 <>



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