Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

FUTRAT, n. Also futtrat, fut(t)(e)ret, -rit; futterad, futterag, futtercat (Cai.). n.Sc. forms of Whitrat, q.v. See P.L.D. §§ 59, 134.

1. The weasel, Mustela nivalis (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 57; n.Sc. 1953). Hence futtret-faced, having thin sharp features. Abd. 1900 C. Murray Hamewith 7:
The grey-tailed futt'rat bobbit oot to hear his ain strathspey.
Kcd. 1933 “L. G. Gibbon” Cloud Howe 48:
Here he was standing, fierce as a futret.
Bch. 1941 C. Gavin Black Milestone ii.:
Her daughters . . . she dismissed as “nyatterin' futtret-faced things — their granny ower again.”
Abd. 1952 L. Starr To Please myself Again 31:
Frae that day tae this I canna stand the secht o' a stoat, no, nor yet a futteret.

2. Fig.: a thin, small hatchet-faced person (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 57), sometimes used as a term of endearment (Id.), but gen. implying one of an alert, active, ferrety disposition (ne.Sc. 1953). Abd. 1865 G. Macdonald Alec Forbes lxx.:
I cudna gar a bonnie, high-born, white-handit leddy fa' in love wi' a puir futteret o' a crater.

3. A squirrel. ne.Sc. 1903 G. Sim Fauna of “Dee” 65:
By the country people it [the squirrel] was known by the name of Ferret, Futteret, and Fumart, and any enquiry regarding it under its proper name would not be understood.

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Futrat n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Oct 2021 <>



Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND: