Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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DRUTTLE, Druttel, Drot(te)l, n. Also rarely drit(te)l (Jak.). A sediment of curds “resulting from the unsuccessful churning of butter, where the butter has not, or only to a slight degree, been separated from the milk” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), drot(te)l; Sh.11 1949); very thin buttermilk (Ib.; 1914 Angus Gl., druttel); a mixture of milk (or butter-milk) and Bland (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)). Sh. 1899 J. Spence Folk-Lore 239:
I'll creep me up an' kirn da tip o' milk, sae dat du gets a aer o' druttle i' da pig.
Sh. 1947 Sh. Folk Bk. (ed. Tait) I. 72:
We drank bleddik an' blaand, druttle an' swats; At odd times we wirna T.T.

[Driddle, q.v., used with contemptuous force.]

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