Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GLOCKEN, v., n. Also gloken.

I. v. To start with fright (Kcb.4 1900). Vbl.n. glockenin, a shock. Also in n.Eng. dial. Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 94:
A stang about the neb, or e'e, Wad har'ly make him gloken — On ony day.
Dmf. 1825  Jam.:
The mistress of a family, coming home, and finding her husband or child dead, no other person being in the house, would be said to have “gotten an unco glockenin.”

II. n. A start, fright, shock. Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 105:
No burd o' prey gives a clocken hen a greater glocken than the buttermilk gled.

[Appar. a variant of n.Eng. dial. gloppen, id.; Mid.Eng. glopnen, O.N. glúpna, to be downcast.]

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