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CACK, CACH, CACKIE, CACKY, Cakie, Caukie, v., n. Also forms with initial k. Obs. except dial. in Eng. (N.E.D.). Cf. Keech and Kich. Gen.Sc. [′kɑk(), kɑx]

1. v.

(1) intr. To void excrement; “to go to stool; generally used in regard to children” (Sc. 1825 Jam.2, cackie; Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), kaki, kakki; Ayr.4 1928, kach, kacky). Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems II. 83:
Twa Herds between them coft a Cow: Driving her hame, the needfu' Hacky But Ceremony chanc'd to k[acky].
Bnff.2 1914:
I'm needin t' cach, mammie.
Fif. 1930 (per Fif.1):
Once upon a time when geese were swine And monkeys chewed tobaccy, The little dogs put on their clogs And went to the doors to cacky. †(2) tr. “To befoul with ordure” (Sc. 1825 Jam.2, s.v. kacky).
Sc. 1711 Country Wedding in J. Watson Choice Collection (1869) III. 49:
Out at the Back-door fast can she slyde, And loos'd a Buckle wi' some Bends, And cakied Jockie for a' his Pride.

2. n., sing. and pl. “Human ordure” (Sc. 1825 Jam.2, cacks, cackies; 1887 Jam.6, Add., kax; Ayr.4 1928, kach); “the excrement of children” (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 108, cakie). Also used as an exclamation “to warn children from touching any dirty substance” (Cai. 1902 E.D.D., kach); cf. Kae, int.

3. Phr.: kaakie stammackit, caukie —, having imperfect digestion, fastidious. Bnff.2 1930:
“Foo are ye sellin' the black meer?” “Oh, she's some kaakie stammackit kin', an' aye gangs aff o' her maet in spring.”
Bch. 1929 (per Abd.1):
Ye caukie stammackit ablich! Fat's vrang wi' yer guid pottage?

[O.Sc. has cawk, to void excrement, c.1500–c.1512 (D.O.S.T.); Lat. cacare, Mid.Du. cacken, Du. kakken, early Mod.Ger. kacken, id.]

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