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CLOITERY, CLYTRIE, adj. and n. [′klɔɪtər, ′klɔtər, ′kləitri]

1. adj. Wet, disagreeable, dirty (Bnff.2, Abd.9, Lnk.3 1936). Edb. 1894  P.H. Hunter J. Inwick xix.:
Ye hae gotten wark to dae that no' mony Scotsmen care aboot, for it's naisty, cloitery wark, an' has to be düne on the Sundays.

2. n. †(1) “Work which is not only wet and nasty, but slimy” (Mearns, Lth. 1825 Jam.2).

(2) “Filth or offals of whatever kind; generally conveying the idea of what is moist, or tends to defile one” (Sc. Ib.); “animal intestines after being gutted; tripe” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., clytrie).

3. Combs.: (1) clytrie maid, cloitery wife, “a woman, whose work it is to remove filth or refuse, who cleans and sells offals, as tripe, etc.” (Lth. 1825 Jam.2); (2) cloitery market, “the market in Edinburgh in which the offals of animals are sold” (Edb. Ib.). (1) Lth. 1788  G. Wilson Coll. of Masonic Songs, etc. 65:
From a Flesh-market close head a clytrie maid came, And a pitcher with blood she did carry.

[See Cloiter above. O.Sc. has clut(t)rie, rubbish, refuse, 1645 (D.O.S.T.).]

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"Cloitery adj., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Jun 2019 <>



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