Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CAIRTLE, CARTIL, CARTEL, n. and v. [kertl, kɛrtl]

1. n. A cart-load (Bnff.2, Abd.22 1938, cairtle; Abd. 1898 E.D.D., cartel; Ags. 1808 Jam., cartil; Ags.17 1938). Abd. 1925 A. Murison Rosehearty Rhymes 142:
I was on the way home with a cairtle o' oilcake.
Bch.(D) 1934 P. Giles in Abd. Univ. Review (March) 125:
Od' laddie, wiznan' ye some feart to ca sic a cairtle o' aul' beens?

2. v. To cart. Bch. 1928 (per Abd.15):
We wis cairtlin steens for the road the day.

[O.Sc. cartill, cairthill, 1515, a cart-load (D.O.S.T.), prob. for cart-full or cart-tale.]

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