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DOOLIE, n.1 Also dooly, doulie.

1. A hobgoblin, a spectre, bogey-man (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.; Ags.2, Ags.17 1940). Also used attrib. Abd. 1872 J. G. Michie Deeside Tales (1908) 170–1:
For him the world swarmed with preternatural beings . . . to all which he applied the generic name of doolies.
Kcd. 1813 G. Robertson Agric. Kcd. 428:
The Doolie, however, is said to have been sometimes seen.
Ags. 1841 Montrose Review (6 Aug.) 255/1:
I'll rouse my kelpie, awfu' doolie — He'll make you swarf.
Ags. 1888 J. M. Barrie Auld Licht Idylls xii.:
Sometimes on dark nights the inventor had to make his courage good by seeing the farmer past the doulie yates (ghost gates).
Ags. 1937 J. M. Barrie in Scots Mag. (July) 256:
After we parted we whistled to each other to intimate that no doolie had got us so far.

2. A scarecrow (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.). Also potatoe-doolie (Ib.). Cf. Tatie-doolie.

3. In pl.: (1) hardened discharge from the nostrils (Ags.1 1936; Ags.19 1950); cf. Boodie, n.1 and n.2; (2) cobwebs, strings of soot, fluff, or the like, hanging from anything (Ags.19 1950). (2) Ags. 1949 Forfar Dispatch (11 Aug.):
My hair wiz hingin wi doolies.

4. “A large tea-leaf floating in a cup” (Ags.19 1950).

5. Comb.: dooly-man, (1) = 1; (3) = 3(1) (Sc. c.1900 M.L.A.). (1) Ags. 1822 A. Balfour Farmers' Three Daughters I. 73:
Her mother would threaten her with the dooly-man.

[Origin uncertain: ? deriv. of Dool. n.1]

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