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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.

CURCUDDOCH, CURCUDDUCH, CORCUD(D)OCH, CARCUDEUGH, CURCUDDIE, adj., v. Also curcudyagh, curcudiough. [kʌr′kʌd(j)əx, kər′kʌdɪ̢]

1. adj.

(1) “Sitting close together” (n.Sc. 1825 Jam.2, curcuddoch); “intimate, good friends” (Rnf. 1788 E. Picken Poems, etc., Gl., carcudeugh); “sitting side by side around the fire” (Uls. 1929 (per Uls.2), curcudyagh). Hence curcudioughly, adv., “comfortably; cosily” (Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.). For corrupt form curcudget, see Jam.2 quot. s.v. Garmunshach.Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 7:
An' baith curcudduch an their heads bow'd down.

†(2) Cordial, kindly, good-humoured (Abd. 1825 Jam.2, corcuddoch; Dmf. Ib., curcuddoch).Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 345:
What makes you so ramgunshoch to me, and I so corcudoch.

2. v. †(1) To sit close together; “to hold a friendly tête-à-tête” (n.Sc. 1825 Jam.2).Abd. 1790 A. Shirrefs Poems, Gl.:
They were curcuddoching together, they were whispering kindly to one another, and dallying.

(2) To curtsy.Knr. 1895 “H. Haliburton” Dunbar in Mod. Sc. 97:
Allan curcuddied, Robert bow'd an' beckit.

[Prob. the same word as Curcuddie n. from the notion of crouching or huddling together as in the dance.]

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