Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
FLAUCHTER, v.2, n.2 Also fla(a)chter, fla(u)ghter; flaucher; flaichter; ¶flackter (m.Lth. 1857 Misty Morning 291). [em., wm.s.Sc. ′flǫxtər, Sh., ne., sm.Sc. ′flɑ:xtər, Sh. + ′flɔutər, Ork. ′fle:tər]
I. v. 1. To flutter, to flap, esp. of a bird beating its wings (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Fif., Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 242; Sh., Ork., Abd., Per., Fif. 1952); to palpitate, of the heart (Sh.11 1951).Sc. 1756 M. Calderwood Journey (M.C.) 195:
They lap, they flaghtered so like hens with their feet tied together.Kcb. 1789 D. Davidson Seasons 84:
The wild duck, roused by the fowler's tread, Fast flauchters, quacking to the farther shore.Abd. 1865 G. Macdonald Alec Forbes xxii.:
The flauchterin' snaw began to fa'.Sh. 1898 “Junda” Klingrahool 14:
An da flaachterin laverik is settin da dim Wi' a sang as sweet as a angel's hymn.Ork. 1910 Old-Lore Misc. III. i. 31:
He saa da uppers o' 'is sheun flaichteran aboot 'is ceuts.Sc. 1926 “H. M'Diarmid” A Drunk Man 49:
A black leaf owre a white leaf twirls, A grey leaf flauchters in atween.Ags. 1933-35 Willa Muir in Joy Hendry Chapman 74-5 (1993) 95:
She's retching and thrawing like ony ither
While her unborn bairns, flauchtering inside her,
Are roaring Soviet and Swastika and God kens what else. m.Sc. 1998 Lillias Forbes Turning a Fresh Eye 7:
The lichtsome loup o grailse, bairn's croon o curlin hair
Flaught'rin afore the win', jinkin its ilka jawp.
2. tr. and intr.: to spread open; to sprawl (Sh.10 1951); to spreadeagle, to knock down, to “lay out.” Ppl.adj. flauchtered, flat on one's face (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.).Sc. 1843 Whistle-Binkie V. 118:
Wi' an auld hazle rung or a wheel-barrow tram, His muckle thick skull she would flaughter.Edb. 1844 J. Ballantine Gaberlunzie 12:
[They] swore they would flaughter the queer auld man.Rnf. 1853 J. Fraser Poetic Chimes 181:
An' fairly flachter'd, heels ower head, The dons at College.Per. 1878 R. Ford Hame-spun Lays 108:
She wid flauchter Tam's scaup wi' the poker.Hdg. 1908 J. Lumsden Th' Loudons 196:
It sent the herring to Dunbar In myriads to get flauchter'd.Arg. 1926 L. McInnes Dial. S. Kintyre 14:
See that fellow there flachterin in the sun like a puddock.Abd.27 1948:
If I hid come hame at twa in the mornin, fan I wis a loon, I wad hae been flauchtert at eence.
3. tr. To fluster, put in a pother; intr. to rush about excitedly (Abd. 1951).Ayr. 1862 J. Baxter The Kirn 70:
Ye've flauchtered a' my head.Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr Duguid 124:
I was a little flauchtered when the Laird was flittin' awa to Edinburgh, and cam to me for “a bit line for that bottle that had dune the boy so much guid!”Abd.15 1928:
She's a flauchterin craitur, aye fudderin an fleein aboot somegait.Ags. 1934 H. B. Cruickshank Noran Water 29:
An' eerie skraighed the flaughtered gulls As she gaed by the shore.
Combs.: (1) flachter-golak, a flighty, excitable person (Abd. 1951); (2) flachter-lichtit, ppl.adj., flighty, giddy, changeable in humour (Bnff. 1916 T.S.D.C. II.).(1) Abd. 1931 D. Campbell Uncle Andie 20:
Sae that wis a' the flachter-golak said, wis't?
†4. Of a fire, light, etc.: to flicker, glimmer intermittently. Vbl.n. flaughterin, a light shining fitfully (s.Sc. 1825 Jam.). Also ppl.adj.Sc. 1816 Scott Antiquary xxi.:
He wad hae seen a glance o' the light frae the door o' the cave, flaughtering against the hazels on the other bank.m.Sc. 1998 Lillias Forbes Turning a Fresh Eye 32:
Syne I saw the mune ... Wi her eerie skenklin
Ower tree an scaur
Ower flauchtrin een o' yowes
In their happin o' gerse i' the mirk.
II. n. 1. A fluttering, flapping (Fif., Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 242; Sh.11, Ork.5 1952). Fig. palpitation; a bustle, hurry (Sh. 1913 J. M. Hutcheson W.-L.). Used adv. in phr. to play flaucher, to flap.Kcb. 1789 D. Davidson Seasons 42:
The swallows pop Wi' lazy flaughter on the gutter dub.Ags. 1848 Feast Liter. Crumbs (1891) 34:
But bauldly gars his pock play flaucher I' your very face.Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 111:
Och, there's the flachter i' me breest.Sh. 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 110:
Da first 'at I saw, wis da flauchters o' da cock ower da flüer.Ags. 1988 Raymond Vettese The Richt Noise 51:
This unco voice, as oorie an' remote
as the laverock's cry that seems tae come
frae ilka airt. His voice wis the sum
o unkennable scauds, o joukin lauchter,
o aa that ever took a flauchter
intil the clairt.
2. A brood of chickens or other young birds (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.): prob. a confusion of Lachter, q.v. with 1.
†3. A flicker, an eddying flame.Rxb. 1820 Scots Mag. (Aug.) 132:
He would in a moment consume them, with a “flauchter o' brunstane.”
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