Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BOOL, BOUL, Boull, n.1 Also dim. boolie, boaley. [bul' ′buli Sc., but Ork. + bol, ′bol]
1. A marble. Gen.Sc.
Sh.(D) 1906 T. P. Ollason Spindrift 36:
Tystie Taamsin wagered me six marbles 'at I widna dü it, an' I wanted da bools. Abd.(D) 1920 C. Murray In the Country Places 1:
Syne he rypit his pooches an' coontit his bools, The reed-cheekit pitcher an' a'. Rxb. 1845 T. Aird Old Bachelor xii.:
There go the “bools” and the “peeries,” just as of yore, without the slightest prearrangement among the callants.
Comb.: boolholes, a game of marbles.
Ags. 1899 D. Buchanan Leisure Lays 76:
There many a funny game we've played — Fitba', boolholes, and boolyhorn.
2. A bowler's bowl, a “wood.” Gen.Sc.
Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems 346:
Nor dousser Fowk wysing a Jee The byass bouls on Tamson's Green. Edb. 1900 E. H. Strain Elmslie's Drag-Net 6:
A game at the bools, noo, or curlin' in the Winter time, or even the racecoorse itsel', would set you far better.
Phrases: (1) the bools row smooth, the boolie rows fine, all goes well; (2) to row a smooth bool, to make matters run smoothly.
(1) Abd.(D) 1909 C. Murray Hamewith 24:
Twa sizzens wi' the cairt an' then — his boolie rowed sae fine — He took a roadside shoppie. Fif. 1887 “S. Tytler” Logie Town I. xii.:
But bools are not rowing ower smooth between the auld man and the young. (2) Edb. 1894 P. H. Hunter J. Inwick ii.:
“See here, Jims,” he says to me — “ye're a gey pawkie chiel; there's no' mony can row a smoother bool than yoursel. We'll lippen to you.” Attrib. with maill (rent, hire). Sc. 1701 Acc. Bk. Sir J. Foulis (8 April):
For boull maill at ye potteraw . 0: 3: 6
3. Extended to mean the game.
Ork. 1923 D. Horne Kirkwall Games in Ork. Antiq. Socy. 67:
Boys . . . were great on marbles. There were several games, and these were indulged in, as far as I remember, during the spring months. “Boaley” was a favourite of mine.
4. Any other kind of ball or rounded thing, such as a cannon-ball, a bullet, a shinty ball, a rounded stone or pebble; “a sweet” (Slg.3 1935).
Cai. 1934 “Caithness Forum” in John o' Groat Jnl. (19 Jan.):
A . . . gave Princie twa-three dichts wi' a wisp o' strae, an' A'm oot wi' 'im an' up wi' one feet on 'e beig bool 'side 'e stable door. Mry. 1873 J. Brown Round Table Club 7:
Nater has blinded the causie by crumlin' doon the causie bools. m.Sc. 1870 J. Nicholson Idylls o' Hame 36:
Big neeps we'll howk for Hallowe'en, Shinties to fung the fleeing bool. m.Sc. 1924 “O. Douglas” Pink Sugar (1928) xv.:
I was allowed to buy sweets called Market Mixtures, and there were fragments of the pink hearts among the curly-doddies and round white bools, and delicious they tasted.
You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.
"Bool n.1". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 29 Sep 2020 <https://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/bool_n1>
Try an Advanced Search