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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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COOD, CUID, CUIDD, QUEED, Cweed, Kweed, Cude, n.2 Also dim. coodie, quiddie, cweedie, cuddie, cudie, cootie, cuittie, keddie. [kud Sc., Sh. + kʌdi, ne.Sc. + kwid(i), ′kwɪdi, Ags. + kjød(i), m.Sc. + kyd, wm.Sc. + ′kuti]

1. A wooden dish or basin used for holding milk, etc. (Abd.2 1937; e.Lth. 1825 Jam.2; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., cuittie, obs.); “a measure of aqua-vitae or beer” (Rxb. 1825 Jam.2).Sh.(D) 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 80:
“Hit's mebbie i' da saut cuddie,” I said, for fun.
Ags. 1693–1740 Inventory (per Fif.1):
Two milk coods.
Peb. 1793 Carlop Green (ed. R. D. C. Brown 1832) ii. 17:
Pats, pans, pails, plates, cogs, coodies, stoups, Will a' be rinnin' o'er.
Ayr. 1790 A. Tait Poems and Songs 174:
In the bottom of the brimstane cootie.
Wgt. 1988 W. A. D. and D. Riach A Galloway Glossary :
cootie a wooden bowl, butter container

2. A (washing) tub (Mry.1 1925, cweed, kweed; Ags. 1808 Jam., cude, cudie; Ags.2 1937); “a bucket shaped like a barrel” (Lnk. 1825 Jam.2, cootie).Bnff.6 1925:
Ye micht pit a new gird on ma queed some day soon, vricht.
Abd.(D) publ. 1867 Mrs Allardyce Goodwife at Home 12:
Syne fess a queed to haud the draff.
Bch. 1929 (per Abd.1):
Noo' lassie, sweel oot the cweedie, syne fommel't on its moo tae dreep.
Ags. 1712 A. Jervise Land of Lindsays (1853) 342:
Three washing cuidds and a big on.
Ags. 1895 Arbroath Guide (9 Nov.) 3/7:
Baith o' them gaed plash heels ower heid into oor neibor's big cuid.
Clc. 1911 J. Archibald Alloa 28:
All sizes of tubs, pails, things called keddies.

Comb.: cweedie-bin, a small tub.Abd.15 1928:
Fess ben the cweedie-bin or Aw gie ma feet a wash.

3. A wooden chamber-pot (Abd. 1790 A. Shirrefs Poems, Gl., coodie, quiddie).Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems II. 97:
Nor kept I Servants, Tales to tell' But toom'd my Coodies a' my sell.

[O.Sc. cud, cood, cuyd, cuddie, a shallow tub, from 1562 (D.O.S.T.). The forms point to an earlier cōde, phs. from *kud-, of uncertain orig. Association with Gael. cudainn and O.N. kútr is doubtful. The forms in -t- are probably due to conflation with kittie, Kit, n.1, and may in some instances be merely spelling variants of it.]

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