Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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DEEVILOCK, De(e)v(i)lick, Devilock, -uck, n. A little devil, an imp (Sc. 1891 R. Ford Thistledown 77, deeviluck; Bnff.2 1940; Abd. 1825 Jam.2, devilock; Abd.9, Ags.17 1940). [′di:vlək] n.Sc. 1931 A. K. in Abd. Press and Jnl. (5 Dec.):
That delightful deevilock's smile that took in the whole 'bus.
Abd. 1844 W. Thom Rhymes and Recoll. 35:
An' what did the waefu' devilick neist?
Abd. 1928 J. Baxter A' Ae 'Oo' 13:
By some black airt o' deevlick vile.
Hdg. 1892 J. Lumsden Sheep-Head 146:
Noo, a blae wee deevilick son o' an elf Was crooned the king o' his tribe.

[Deevil + -ock, -ick, dim. suffix.]

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