Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BRESS, n. Gen.Sc. form of St.Eng. brass. Used as in St.Eng. to indicate the metal, or money. The form bresse, illustrated below, is now obs. Also used attrib. [brɛs] Abd. 1916 G. Abel Wylinsfae my Wallet 49:
We maybe forket oot o' bress Mair than we cud afford.
Ayr. 1700 in Muniments Royal Burgh Irvine (Ayr. and Gall. Arch. Assoc. 1891) II. xv. 317:
Three dozen of Bresse buttons valued at 14s. Scotts.

Hence bressie, a brassie, brass-soled golf club (St Andrews 1936 (per Fif.1)).

[O.Sc. bras, bres, bresse, id., earliest quot. a.1400 (D.O.S.T.).]

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