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CREESHIE, CREESHY, Creechie, Creishie, Creishy, Creashy, Creshie, Crishy, adj. Fat, greasy, dirty; often applied to weavers and sometimes used disparagingly. Known to Bnff.2, Abd.2, Ags.2, Fif.10, Slg.3, Kcb.10 1940. [′kriʃi, ′krɛʃ] Sc. [1724–27] Ramsay T. T. Misc. (1762) 334:
Get up, he cries, my crishy love, Support my sinking saul With something that is fit to chew.
Sc. 1920 D. Rorie Auld Doctor 36:
She's just a muckle creishy lump That waddles like a juck.
Bnff. 1853 Kate and the Weaver in Bnffsh. Jnl. (11 May):
The weaver aye sits at his leem, Aft he turns the creshie beam.
m.Sc. 1838 A. Rodger Poems 307:
O Mither, ony body! But a creeshy weaver.
Fif. 1898 “S. Tytler” Mrs. Carmichael's Goddesses xiv.:
When Candlemas came round . . . he or she who arrived with the most “dips” or “moulds” achieved the distinction of being crowned “creishie” (greasy) king or queen for the year.
Ayr. 1791 Burns Tam o' Shanter (Cent. ed.) ll. 153–154:
Their sarks, instead o' creeshie flannen, Been snaw-white seventeen hunder linen! Proverbs: Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 81:

Combsters [wool-combers] are ay Creechie. Mearns c.1880 Mearns Proverbs in Montrose Standard (27 Sept. 1929):
Ye canna get honey oot o' a creeshy pig.

Combs.: 1. creashy bite, — dip (see quot.); 2. creeshy clod (see quots.); 3. creeshie-mealie, “oatmeal fried with fat. Sometimes called ‘skirl i' the pan'” (Ags. 1927 (per Ags.1); Ags.2 1940). 1. Rxb. 1883 Jedburgh Gazette (24 Nov.):
There is a custom observed in factories of giving new-comers what is known as a “creashy dip” or “creashy bite” — dipping a piece of wool or yarn in oil and thrusting it into the mouth of the person to be initiated into the craft.
2. Abd. 1774 Weekly Mag. (5 May) 163:
There is found a particular kind of peat, that seems to contain a very great proportion of unctuosity . . . from which it has obtained the name of creeshy clods.
Abd. 1811 G. S. Keith Agric. Abd. 532:
Small round pieces of moss, strongly impregnated with sulphur (called creeshy clods) are used for kindling the fire and giving light to the poorer peasants.
3. Ags. 1925 Forfar Dispatch (3 Dec.) 3/3:
We wis awfu' for creeshie-mealie tae and sometimes it wis made wi' a chappit ingin and plenty shooet cut up sma' amon'd.

[O.Sc. has creischie, creishie, greasy, from 1540 (D.O.S.T.).]

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