Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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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). Also attrib. 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.m.Sc. 1994 John Burns in James Robertson A Tongue in Yer Heid 25:
He lookt up an saw ... Tam wi his wizent wee futret face scruncht up ablow his bunnet. Abd. 1996 Sheena Blackhall Wittgenstein's Web 8:
"Neil Rannoch his tae feed his dad's futterats an chuckens the nicht, an hie winted tae gang fushin at the Dookin Puil insteid. ... "
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.
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