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BUTTOCK, n. Sc. usages.

1. The tail, end-piece, end (Abd.22 1937). Hdg. 1892 J. Lumsden Sheep-head and Trotters (2nd ed.) 260:
She had the buttock o' the last goudy cheese still i' the press.

2. Combs.: †(1) buttock hire, = (2) (a); (2) buttock-mail, †(a) a fine exacted by the church in cases of fornication (Sc. 1825 Jam.2); (b) corporal punishment, a spanking (Abd.22 1937). (1) Sc. 1827 Merry Muses (ed. Burns) 8:
Wi' rueful face, and signs o' grace. I paid the buttock hire.
(2) (a) Sc. 1814 Scott Waverley (1817) xxx.:
What! d'ye think the lads wi' the kilts will care for yere synods and yere presbyteries, and yere buttock-mail?
(b) Abd.(D) 1915 H. Beaton Back o' Benachie 65:
Ye little limmer, I'll gae straught an, tell yer midder, an' I'll wauger a grot ye'll get buttock-mail for sayin' sic things.

[O.Sc. buttok(e), -ock, a buttock, pl. the rump, c.1420; also buttok maill, a fine for immorality, 1540 (D.O.S.T.).]

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"Buttock n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 17 May 2021 <>



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