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CLOOTIE, Clooty, Cluty, Cluttie, adj.3, n.2 [′kluti]

1. adj. Cloven. Rxb. 1824 J. Telfer Border Ballads 62:
The sabille gowne hang owre his tayle, And hid his cluty heele.

2. n. The Devil. Often preceded by auld. Gen.Sc. Ork. 1883 R. M. Fergusson Rambling Sketches xviii.:
I saw auld Cluttie up in the rafters . . . writing down the names of everybody that was asleep during the sermon.
Ags. 1905 D. L. Duncan Hameart Rhymes 17:
Noo' 'tween us twa, I think, frien' Clooty, 'Twas you that gied her a' her beauty.
Ayr. a.1796 Burns Reply to a Trimming Ep. (Cent. ed.) iv.:
I'll gie auld Cloven-Clootie's haunts An unco slip yet.

Comb.: Clootie's craft, a small piece of land, sometimes also called the “Goodman's field,” set aside, by way of propitiation, for the devil, and never tilled or encroached upon by the villagers. See also Aploch. Bwk. 1856 G. Henderson Pop. Rhymes 111:
The moss is saft on Clootie's craft, And bonny's the sod o' the Goodman's taft.

[From Cloot, n.3; for the n., cf. 4 s.v.]

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