Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

DECK, Dek(k), Daek, n.3 Sh. variants of Dyke, a wall; also applied to “peats built like a wall” (Sh. 1913–14 J. M. Hutcheson W.-L.). Hence daek-end (Ib.). Sh. c.1733 Shet. Acts 6 in P.S.A.S. (1892) 197:
That they pay forty shillings Scots for each winter slap found in their decks after the first of May.
Sh. 1836 Gentleman's Mag. II. 589:
Aboot twa bocht lent abùn da krù dekk o' Oxigill.
Sh. 1919 T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. II. 236:
What's dis daek here fur? Wha is wantin' dis daek here?
Sh. 1930 A.N.O.F. in Shet. Almanac 191:
He stumbled ta da faely dek Wi' head an' figer bent.
Sh. 1948 New Shetlander (Jan.–Feb.) 6:
Yowes kruggin' closs i' da lee o' a daek-end, Creepin' frae a chill 'at bites ta da bon'.

Phr.: in-a-daeks, indoors, under cover. Sh. 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 58:
Dat pits hit i' my mind at doo'll dae ta tak wir quaiks in-a-daeks frae da day an' sae trow.

[See P.L.D. § 29.1 and § 95.2 (5).]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Deck n.3". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 May 2021 <>



Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND: