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DROKE, DROCK, v. and n. Also drowch. [drok, drɔk, drɔux]

1. v. To drench, to soak (Ork. 1887 Jam.6, droke, 1929 Marw., drock; Cai. 1907 D. B. Nicolson in County of Cai. 70, droke); “used contemptuously of clothes, meaning to give them a perfunctory wash” (Cai.4 c.1920, droke). Gen. found in ppl.adj. and vbl.n.

2. n.

(1) A drenching, in phr. in a droke (drock, drowch) o' sweat, in a bath of perspiration (Ork.1 1950, drowch; Cai.9 1950). Ork. 1929 Marw.:
I was in a drock o' sweat when I got to the top o' the hill.

(2) “A heavy, sodden mass, e.g. of fodder, or food” (Cai.9 1939, droke); “meal mixed with water” (Cai. 1907 D. B. Nicolson in County of Cai. 70; Cai.7 1940).

(3) (a) “A slovenly person who makes a bad job of any work” (Cai.1 1928); (b) a job badly done, a “mess”. (b) Id.:
A droke o' a job.

[Appar. an Ork. and Cai. variant of Drouk, q.v., but for some of the meanings, cf. Draik and the note s.v.]

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