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GNAPPER, v., n. Also gnopper, knaper.

I. v. To snap, bite. Bch. 1928 per Abd.15:
That's a nesty gnapperin beast, he gnappers an' bites.

II. n. In phrs. gnipper for gnapper (gnopper), bit by bit, every bit (Sc. 1911 S.D.D.; Bnff.4 1927), (ilka) gnipper an' gnapper, — kniper and knaper, every morsel (Sc. 1710 T. Ruddiman Gl. to Douglas Aeneis; Sc. 1911 S.D.D.; Bnff.4 1927) and, preceded by neg., gnipper nor gnapper, not a bite, not a morsel. Mry. 1806 R. Jamieson Ballads II. 239:
They cowpit him then into the hopper, And brook his banes, gnipper for gnopper.
Abd. 1920 R. H. Calder Gleanings 12:
He ate it ilka gnipper an' gnapper.
Abd. 1929 J. Alexander Mains & Hilly 83:
Aw've a fine yallow haddock to yer tay . . . Gin yer ahin yer time nae ae gnipper nor gnapper o' 't 'll een o' ye get!

[An intensive or freq. form of Gnap, above.]

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"Gnapper v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 1 Dec 2021 <>



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