Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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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