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FEECH, int., n.1, v. Also †feegh, feich, †f(e)igh, †fiegh, fich, †fych; fiech, fjiech (Sh.), foich, and comb. forms fich an aliss, †feechanie, fickanoo. Cf. Ochanee, Aliss. [fi:, fɪ]

I. int., n. An exclamation of disgust at a foul smell, pain as on touching something hot, impatience or disappointment, ugh! pah! (n., e., wm.Sc., Rxb. 1950). Cf. Feuch and Eng. faugh. Also used substantively = filth (Dmf. 1925 Trans. Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. 25, fiech). ¶Phr. to gang foich, to stink, become putrid. Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems 39:
Figh! how this mouldy Creature stinks!
Sc. 1782 J. Callander Ancient Sc. Poems 51:
We also say Fych, on feeling a bad smell, or seeing any dirty object.
Rnf. 1808 R. Tannahill Poems (1876) 349:
Ah, feechanie! they're no for me! Guidwife, your herrin's stinkin.
Sc. 1824 Hogg in Btackwood's Mag. (March) 303:
Hout, fych fie, Wat, man! dinna be a fool.
Bnff. 1869 W. Knight Auld Yule 69:
Nae wonder that she flings it [hot tongs] frae her, Cries “feegh”! and draws her scrapers tae her.
Sc.(E) 1871 P. H. Waddell Psalms xxxviii. 5:
My dulesome dints gang foich i' my folly.
Ags. 1914 I. Bell Country Clash 35:
Aside a' your leather, Dothie? Feech! what a stink to sleep aside!
Sh. 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 16:
Da corne o' marjereen, 'at Girzzie clatched doon wi' a frimse an' a feech, 'at made the watter rin aboot me teeth.
Abd. 1938 N. Hendry Song from Students' Revue Beating Time:
O fichanaliss, I wish I wis At hame in Aiberdeen.

II. v. To exclaim “feech,” to cry out in disgust (Ork.5 1951). Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xi.:
Gruein', an' feighin', an' shylin' my chafts like mad.

[Origin imit., but cf. Gael. fuich, id.]

Feech interj., n.1, v.

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