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CADDIE, CADDY, Kaddi, Kaddy, Kadi, n.2 An orphan lamb (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), kadi); a pet lamb (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., kaddi); “a coaxing or pet name used in addressing a lamb” (Ork. 1929 Marw., kaddy). Mostly used attrib. Also applied as a term of affection to persons. Cf. Kaddie. Sh.(D) 1886 “G. Temple” Britta 20:
When the repast was finished, the remnants were thrown to the “patsie” pig and the “caddie” lamb, the pets of the household.
Sh. 1931 L. Fenton Fair Isle in Scots Mag. (Aug.) 338:
When a sheep has given birth to two or more lambs she is left with one, and the others are taken home to the crofts and fed by hand, these young animals being called “caddies.”
Sh. 1938 M. Powell 200,000 Feet on Foula 228:
A caddy-lamb in Shetland . . . is a lamb whose mother has died or who is too much a sheep-about-town to suckle it, and which therefore has to be brought up on a bottle.
Ork. 1908 J. T. S. Leask in Old-Lore Misc., Ork., Sh., etc. I. viii. 321:
Me caddie lam, I like dee, seure's daith ever sin I met dee at Filtymires muckle supper, I hae liked dee.

[Jak. compares O.N. “kati,” handed down as an epithet or nickname for males, and Caddie, n.1 Cf., however, Eng. dial. cade, cade-lamb, with the same meaning, O.Sc. cady, wanton, 1552 (D.O.S.T.), and etym. note to Cadgy.]

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