Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BRUIT, BRIT, Breut, n. Sc. forms of St.Eng. brute. Also used attrib. For ne.Sc. form see Breet. [brøt I.Sc., sn.Sc.; bryt, brɪt m.Sc., s.Sc.] Ork.(D) 1904  Dennison Orcad. Sk. 4:
Dan Johnnie says under his breath tae his men, “Noo, boys, haud right for de middle o' the breut.”
Fif. 1894  J. W. M'Laren Tibbie and Tam 76:
The horse, poor bruit, had been roughly taen frae the trams.
Edb. 1895  J. Tweeddale Moff xxii.:
What for wud 'e make 'ersel a brit beast — nothing.
Dmf. 1930 7 :
If a had muy wul the brit wud hie been puzhond lang seyn when he wuz a whalp.
Rxb. 1921  Kelso Chron. (13 May) 2/7:
“Man, Tam, ye shoudna take that collie o' yours tae Castrum” . . . “Ye see the bruit'll no' gang intae a public.”

[For etym. see Breet and for change of brute to brit see P.L.D. §§ 35, 86, 93.1.]

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