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HADDIE, n. Also haddy, hawdie, huddie (Edb.1 1929); †haddoe; †-ow; -a, -o (Rxb.); haddoo (Ork.5 1956). [Sc. ′hɑdi, Lth. ′hde, Rxb. ′hɑdə, Ork. ′hɑdu]

1. The haddock, Gadus aeglifinus. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1683–1722 W. MacFarlane Geog. Coll. (S.H.S.) II. 3:
The sea . . . is well provyded of fishes such as Killing, Ling, Cod, Haddowes, whyttings, Herrings, makrells.
Per. 1737 Ochtertyre Ho. Bk. (S.H.S.) 6:
Supper minced fowlls . . . Hogs cheek cold . . . Eggs in the shell . . . Broyled haddoes.
Sc. 1816 Scott Antiquary xxxix.:
I hae some dainty caller haddies, and they sall be but three shillings the dozen.
Edb. 1828 D. M. Moir Mansie Wauch (1839) vii.:
Splitting the hills as ye would spelder a haddy. [Ib. xi., haddo.]
Fif. 1887 “S. Tytler” Logie Town II. i.:
I meant to cry “Caller haddies, had-dies,” with additional vigour that made the welkin ring.
Ags. 1921 V. Jacob Bonnie Joann 15:
Yon's Fishie Pete That cried the haddies in Ferry Street.
Nai. 1927 G. Bain Dauvid Main 35:
She would try what a few Nairn haddies would do for her recovery.
Bch. 1949 W. R. Melvin Poems 71:
There's curin' yards an' kilns lik' toons For herrin' an' for huddies.

Phrs. & Combs.: (1) barbarian haddy, the common sea bream, Pagellus centrodontus (Cai. 1907 J. Horne County of Cai. 403); (2) finnan haddie, see Finnan; (3) haddo-breeks, the roe of the haddock, from its shape (Rxb. 1825 Jam., ‡1923 Watson W.-B.); (4) haddie-wife, a fishwife who sells haddocks; (5) to be as deif as a haddie, to be stone deaf (Gsw. 1951; m.Lth. 1956); (6) yellow haddie, a smoked haddock, = (2) (Abd., Ags. 1956). (4) Edb. 1872 J. Smith J. Blair's Maunderings (1881) 48:
Here was a dragoon chargin' a haddie-wife doun a dark close.
(6) Abd. 1909 J. Tennant Jeannie Jaffray 223:
Oatcakes and tea and yellow haddies galore.

2. Used as a term of mild, jocular abuse, a duffer, blockhead. Cf. Haddock, n.1, 2. Fif.17 1955:
A golf course starter, seeing two stickit golfers approaching the first tee, said “Here the twa haddies comin”.

3. Used in Gsw. as a nickname for an Aberdonian, smoked haddocks being a staple product of Aberdeen. Freq. Aiberdeen haddie (Gsw. 1920–1956 per Abd.30).

[O.Sc. hady, 1650, id., a variant form of Haddock, the -ock being assumed to be a dim. ending and replaced by the equivalent -y, -ie.]

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"Haddie n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 11 Apr 2021 <>



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