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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BUDDIE, BÜDDI, Buidy, Buithy, Böddie, Bødi, n. “A basket of a bulged shape made of straw or dokkens, with a band adapted to being carried on the shoulders. A mill buddi is made of straw and is carried on the back; a fish buddi is made of dokkens and is carried on the shoulder” (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl. s.v. büddi); “a sort of creel for taking with one when going a-fishing, either to carry bait in or to carry fish in. Usually made of straw or bulwands” (Ork. (Sanday) 1929 Marw. s.v. buithy). Jak. gives the form bødi. [′bʌdi, ′bødi Sh.; ′bøði Ork. (Marw.)]Sh. 1832 A Visit to Shetland in Old-Lore Misc., Ork., Sh., etc. (1914) VII. iv. 152:
Dan wis Saxe hungert and he puit his buidy o his back and a paikie o' tows i da other haand, and he gieng to da great haaf for fish.
Sh. 1916 J. J. H. Burgess Rasmie's Smaa Murr, Iktober 2:
Da grice needs nae böddie, whin he's rypm taaties.
Sh. 1931 J. Nicolson Shet. Incidents and Tales 55:
The cry “cat i' dy buddie” [called after a fisherman going to fish] was regarded as absolutely fatal, and sure to bring failure.

[Cf. Icel. biða, Fær. biði, a little tub (Torp, s.v. bide). The forms in -d might have arisen from O.N. bytta, small tub, pail (Zoëga); see Jak. Intro. p. lv. § 35.]

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"Buddie n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 25 May 2024 <>



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