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COOL, COUL, Kool, Kul(l), n. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. cowl, a monk's hood. [kul]

1. A woollen cap, “a baby's woollen cap” (Fif.10 1937); “a close cap worn within doors” (Sc. 1911 S.D.D., cool); “a sailor's ‘sou'-wester'” (Ib., kool); a night-cap (Sc. 1825 Jam.2, coul); a smoking cap. Also dims. coolie, kul(l)i, “a snug-fitting cap without a brim” (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., kulli); “skull-cap” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), kuli). Known to Abd.22, Ags.1, Slg.3, Lnl.1, Lnk.3, Kcb.1 1937. Sc. 1737  Ramsay Sc. Proverbs 31:
He wears twa Faces beneath ae Coul.
Sh.(D) 1919  T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. II. 2:
Wan time dey [women] hae a thing . . . laek a mutch; neist its laek a aald man's coolie.
Ags. 1879  J. Y. Geddes New Jerusalem 119:
An' Jean has sent a smoking cool . . . Sae we bude send a broidered stool. In phr. to pu' on the cool an' the mutch, “part of the obs. practices of the ‘bedding' at a wedding” (Gall. 1898 E.D.D.).
Lnk. 1881  A. Wardrop J. Mathison's Courtship, etc. 33:
You've dune me oot o' the pleasure o' pu'in the cool an' the mutch on this mornin'.

2. Fig.: “a raised peak in the centre of the foam on home-brewed ale” (Sc. 1901 Scotsman (20 Aug.)).

[O.Sc. has cule, coule, koull, cull, etc., from a.1400, but only with the orig. meaning of a cowl (D.O.S.T.), from O.E. cūg(e)le, cūle, (monk's) hood, cowl, late Lat. cuculla (Sweet). See P.L.D. § 38.]

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"Cool n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 May 2019 <>



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