Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CAPIE-DOSSIE, n. comb. “A cap, generally that of a boy, as for example what is called ‘a hairy cap'” (Abd. 1825 Jam.2, s.v. capidoce).

[O.Sc. capidosé, capadosy, cappiedosie, a kind of cap, earliest quot. 1546; cf. Mid.Eng. capados (14th cent.), a hood (D.O.S.T.); N.E.D. suggests Fr. *cape à dos, “cape to back,” in which case the first meaning would be “hood.” The mod. form of the second element is phs. due to the influence of Dossie, a small heap, anything similar in shape to a small heap.]

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