Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
‡DURK, n.1, v. Also dirk, †dirg. [dʌrk]
(1) A short dagger worn in the belt by Highlanders.
Sc. 1724–27 Ramsay T. T. Misc. (1762) I. 7:
On his gray yad as he did ride, With durk and pistol by his side. Sc. 1818 Scott H. Midlothian xxxix.:
Een like a blue huntin' hawk's, whilk gaed throu' and throu' me like a Hieland durk. n.Sc. 1724 Hist. Papers Jacobite Period (N.S.C. 1895) 133:
The Arms they make use of in War, are, . . . a Pistol and a Durk or Dagger, hanging by their side. Ayr. 1786 Burns Earnest Cry xvii.:
Her tartan petticoat she'll kilt, An' durk an' pistol at her belt, She'll tak the streets. Kcb. 1894 S. R. Crockett Raiders vii.:
There's mair need to be as quiet as an ash-leaf twirlin' to the grund in a windless frost. Tak' a durk, man, instead! Slk. 1835 Hogg Wars Montrose III. 15:
Ilka man has a sword an' a gun, a knapsack an' a durk.
¶(2) Appar. a sort of clasp-knife.
Ayr. 1795 Burns Letters (ed. Ferguson) No. 682:
He was despoiled of his durk, and that durk despoiled of its knife and fork, and silver mounting which had indeed been very rich.
†(3) fig.: a spoiling, a bungling.
Edb. 1906 C. B. Gunn G. Heriot's Hospital 10:
This sudden stoppage of the singing in the Chapel was termed a “dirk”.
(1) To stab with a dirk, or with some sharp-pointed instrument (Kcb.4 1900, dirg).
Lnk. c.1779 D. Graham Writings (1883) I. 87:
Mischievous weapons, antick and droll, Was both for cleaving and for clieking, And durking too.
†(2) fig.: to bungle, to ruin.
Abd. 1900 E.D.D.:
I've durket mysel'. He's dnrket that job. Edb. 1845 F. W. Bedford Hist. G. Heriot's Hospital (1859) 346:
Cunninghame is a capital singer, though he dirkit the tune last night. Edb. 1898 J. Baillie Walter Crighton 169:
He's aye douchie baith in Billy's and Cockie's, and dirks almost everything he tries in his ither classes.
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