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DAD, DAUD, Dawd, Dadd(e), Daad, Dod, v.1, n.2, adv. [dɑ(:)d Sc., but Bnff., m.Sc., s.Sc. + d(:)d)]

I. v.

1. tr. To strike so as to shake; to jolt (sometimes with about); to beat or throw with violence; “to thrash or abuse” (Rxb. c.1920 Mr Clelland W.-L.). Also in n.Eng. dial. (E.D.D.). Vbl.n. daddin, a beating; ppl.adj. dauded, dawdit, imbedded (by knocking in); “abused, hurt” (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 161, dauded); “ill-used” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 36). Gen.Sc. Sc. c.1707 Queen Anne in Jacobite Minstrelsy (1829) 39:
Ane daudit her wi' a flail.
Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.:
He daddet it doon.
Cai.7 1939:
He wis duntan an' dawdan e poor mannie.
Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 36:
She's a peer dawdit lassie.
Abd. c.1790 G. Smith Poems (1824) 137:
Ere I were dauded, cadg'd, an' cuff'd like you.
Per. 1857 J. Stewart Sketches p. xcvi.:
When he had . . . dawdit his bonnet on the nearest stone.
Fif. 1825 Jam.2:
I'se gi'e you your daddins; I will beat you.
Ayr. 1822 H. Ainslie Pilgrimage, etc. 175:
Clansmen . . . riving up the auld deep dauded tether sticks o' their allegiance.
Dmf. 1849 T. Carlyle in J. A. Froude Life (1884–85) II. 10:
2 Sept.: With a nervous system all “dadded about” by coach travel, rail travel.

2. intr. To dash or bump about, to thud. Sometimes with refl. force. Sc. 1893 R. L. Stevenson Catriona xv.:
They pu'd him up like a deid corp, dadding on the craig.
Sc. 1929 Spectator (20 July) 82/2:
[To a blackbird caught in a net] Puir beast! Ye've fluttered and daudit i' dumb distraction.
Ork. 1920 J. Firth Reminisc. (1922) 118–19:
Such was the anguish of one old woman on experiencing this wanton destruction of her property that, in her own words, “she gaed tae the back o' the hoose an' dadded like a sinloo.”
Edb. 1812 P. Forbes Poems 163:
Now Will the weaver rode sae kittle, Ye'd thought he was a flying shuttle, His doup it daddet like a bittle.
Ayr. 1901 “G. Douglas” Green Shutters vi.:
The lichtnin sent the trees daudin on the roads.

3. tr. To pelt; to bespatter (Abd.2, Lnk.3 1939). Sh.9 1947:
He daddet me wi' snaaie baas.
Ags. 1833 J. S. Sands Poems 43:
Ilk fool that claims your honours bright Wi' missiles dad him.
Peb. 1805 J. Nicol Poems I. 35:
An' a' his cleathin daudit Wi' glaur that day.

4. intr. Of wind, rain, etc.: to blow in gusts; to pelt, to drive. Known to Bnff.2, Abd.9, Fif.10, Edb.1, Lnk.3 1939, Bwk.2 1948. Usu. in ppl.adj. daudin', driving. Sc. 1878 D. Vedder Poems, etc. 168:
The norlan' blast frae yonte the binne May skelpe an' dadde fu' snelle an' dour.
Sh.9 1947:
Da reek's daddin doon.
Lnk. 1919 G. Rae Clyde and Tweed 46:
And the daudin' wunds brocht the seepin' rain.
Ayr. 1785 Burns Third Ep. to J. Lapraik (Cent. ed.) iii.:
I'm bizzie, too' an' skelpin at it; But bitter, daudin showers hae wat it.

5. tr. To slam (a door); intr. (of the door itself) to bang. Often with to. Known to Bnff.2, Abd.9, Ags.2, Fif.10, Slg.3, Lnk.3, Kcb.10 1939. Ppl.adj. dading. Sh.(D) 1891 J. J. H. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 12:
An sae on da brig-staens I laands him his lent; An dads tü da door.
Edb. 1843 J. Ballantine Gaberlunzie's Wallet, Intro. 10:
The half open door, dauded to wi' a dirl.
Rnf. 1790 A. Wilson Poems 185:
The sclates are hurling down in hun'res, The dading door an' winnock thun'ers.

6. Phrs.: (1) to dad about, to wander, to “knock about” (Kcb.10 1939); (2) to dad down, to fall down heavily (Fif.10 1939); (3) to daud on, to knype on, to jog along; (4) to dad wi' the blue bonnet, see Blue Bonnet. (1) Sc. 1831 S. E. Ferrier Destiny III. iv.:
To think of Glenroy's daughter going dadden about the country in a gig!
(2) Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems 200:
Swith to Castalius' Fountain-Brink, Dad down a Grouf, and take a Drink.
(3) Abd. 1923 J. Coutts in Swatches 61:
Ay, Meggie, lass, ye're daudin on.

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