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HALLOCK, n., adj., v. Also halick, -ich, -oc(k), -ok, -yach, hallich, -ach, -i(c)k, -och, hailick, -lok, hellock, -eck.

I. n. A thoughtless, giddy young woman or girl (s.Sc. 1808 Jam., haloc; Dmf. 1825 Jam., hellock; Rxb. Ib., hallik, halok; Kcb.4 1900, hellock; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., ha(l)o(c)(k), haillok; ne.Sc. (hallich), Rxb. 1956); occas. applied to a youth. Dmf. 1836 A. Cunningham Lord Roldan I. v.:
I wonder to hear ye make sae mickle about a rumlegarie, light-headed helleck of a lad like that . . . raving till he's hoarse, clean off-loof nonsense of his ain.
s.Sc. 1897 E. Hamilton Outlaws ii.:
Yon's a ginnaguid [sic] bit hallick, and eh! but she's gaun the black gate.

II. adj. Crazy, hare-brained (Abd. 1825 Jam.; ne.Sc. 1956, hallach); uncouth, noisy, in speech and manner (Mry.1 1925, halyach; ne.Sc. 1956, hallach). Abd. 1898 J. Milne Poems 23:
An' to leave their native walloch Till it sounds a foreign thing Plainly shaws their minds are halloch.
Bnff. 1924 Swatches o' Hamespun 19:
There wis as muckle scraachin an' kecklin ye'd 'a thocht a' the hallach quines i' the destrick hid been aboot.
Abd. 1932 R. L. Cassie Sc. Sangs 22:
We stoy roon an' harken weel Tae quines an' loons sae hallach.

III. v. To behave in a crazy, half-witted, noisy manner (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 74, hallich; Lth., Cld. 1880 Jam., hallach, -ich; Ags. 1956). Also vbl.n., ppl.adj. hallachan, hallachin (Ib.; Slg. 1956); pa.p. hallach'd, crazed, stupefied. Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 18:
She starts to foot, but has na maughts to stand: Hallach'd an' dameist, an' scarce at her sell.
Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond B. Bowden (1922) 132:
He [took] to the lauchin' again, till I was fair ashamed o' him on the Sabbath day, so I awa' to the hoose an left him to halich an' snotter awa' as lang's he likit. [p. 62, hallich.]

[O.Sc. halok, n., c.1500, a light, thoughtless girl. Orig. unknown. ]

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