Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GUTTIE, n.2 Also gutty. Gutta-percha, india-rubber, anything wholly or partly made of rubber, e.g. a boy's catapult (Per., Edb., Ayr. 1955), a gym shoe (Lnk. 1954 Sc. Educ. Jnl. (30 July) 509; Ayr. 1955), but esp. a golfball (m. and s.Sc., Uls. 1955). Freq. attrib. with ba (Ib.). See also Gutta. Lnk. 1881  A. Wardrop Poems 106:
He's speel'd up tae the dresser heid, To get his gutty ba'.
Sc. 1928  B. Darwin Green Memories 14:
He gave old balls, not gutties but featheries, to the little boys to play with in the road.
wm.Sc. 1931  Gsw. Herald (14 Feb.):
Weel dae I mind o' my ain feyther bringin' ane o' thae gutty ba's hame wi' him that he had gotten frae either Auld Tam or Alan Robertson.
Sc. 1937  Times (22 March) 14:
Three of his [Harry Vardon's] championships were won after the introduction of the rubber-cored ball in 1902, but it was with the gutty . . . that he was supreme.
Sc. 1951  Scots Mag. (Oct.) 44:
In thae days the hole was a guid thing shorter, so wi' the gutty twa lang skelps puts you hame.
Fif. 1954  St Andrews Cit. (21 Aug.) 8:
Old and rare golf books, clubs and balls; also magazines, annuals, programmes and all publications relating to golf; set of gutty golf ball moulds.

[A variant in -ie of Gutta, or curtailed form of Gutty-perky.]

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"Guttie n.2". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jun 2019 <>



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