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DUNKLE, v. and n. Also †dunc(k)le, †dunkel. [′dʌŋkəl]

1. v. To dent, to make a slight hollow or depression in anything. Ppl.adj. dun(c)kled. Also used fig. Dmb. 1846  W. Cross Disruption xxxvii.:
I'm shure it's but sma' pleasure ye can ha'e to mak' up for the trouble o' flitting a cartload o' roosty, dunckled clamjamphrey every time ye move betwixt this and Embro.
Rnf. 1846  W. Finlay Poems 190:
My hat's grown auld and dunkel'd.
Ayr. 1822  Galt Sir A. Wylie ciii.:
Robin has gotten an awful cloor on the broo; we think his harnpan's surely dunklet.
Ayr. 1830  Galt Lawrie Todd ii. i.:
Without very deeply dunkling the truth.
Ayr. 1890  J. Service Notandums 80:
The broon square table dunkled wi' the dauds o' mony a chappin' stowp.
Kcb. 1941 1 :
I was searching for an empty oil-drum, but the only one I could get was too badly dunkled to be of any use to me.

2. n. A dent or slight depression caused by a blow or fall (w.Sc. 1825 Jam.2; Rnf. c.1924; Ayr. 1950); a dimple (Cld. 1825 Jam.2). Also fig. Rnf. 1813  E. Picken Poems I. 149:
Tho' twall years tauld I've kenn'd your case — An' time leaves mony duncles; I've seen nae change upo' your face.
Lnk. 1880  P. M'Arthur Amusements 76:
If it didna break my heart, it left a fearfu' duncle!
Ayr. 1822  Galt Steam-boat 159:
Which [adventure], but for open-hearted innocency, would have left both cloors and dunkles in her character.
Ayr. 1834  Galt Lit. Life III. ii.:
Shortly after the Forty-five, however, among the other heritable jurisdictions that were then put down, they gave canny auld Bleakrigs a dunkle, by taking the road round about by Dozent.
Ayr. 1870  J. K. Hunter Life Studies II. 63:
It [hat] had got some dunkles wi' his fa'in.

[Dim. and freq. of Dunt, with common interchange of t and k.]

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"Dunkle v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Jun 2019 <>



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