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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.

HALLOCKIT, adj., n. Also halu(c)ket; -it; haili(c)kit (Cld.); -ykit; halicat; -cut; -ket; -kit; hallacat: -aket; -icat(e); -i(c)ket (Gall.); -ickit; -ocket (Ayr.); -okit; halycut; hellicat(e) (Ayr., s.Sc.); hellocat (Dmf.); hillocat; -ocket; hullicate; -ockit (Ayr.); hallegirt, halliget, halligit (Sh.); haligot, hallagad (Ork.); haalliget, halligate (Cai.); hilligo (Ork. 1929 Marw.); harrokit, harrikit (w.Sc. 1887 Jam.).

I. adj. Wild, romping, giddy, gen. applied to a flighty girl or young woman; hence irresponsible, violent. crazy, half-witted. Gen.( 1724 Ramsay T.T.Misc. (1876) I. 86:
And shangy mou'd halucket Meg.
Lnk. c.1779 D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 35:
The merry begotten weans . . . is red wood, half wittet hillocket sort o' creatures. [p. 154, hillocat.]
Sc. 1816 Scott O. Mortality xiv.:
But I think my heart was e'en sairer when I saw that hellicat trooper, Tam Halliday, kissing Jenny Dennison afore my face.
Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xxvii.:
John M'Briar's auldest dochter — a daft, ram-stam, hallokit quean.
Bnff. 1869 W. Knight Auld Yule 74:
The halycut deevils o' loons, Wi' pistols o' iron and lead.
Sh. 1877 G. Stewart Fireside Tales 52:
Ance upon a day I wis light-hearted an' hallegirt enouch.
Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) iv.:
He's a queer cratur that wey, for as halikit a character as he is.
Dmf. 1917 J. L. Waugh Cute McCheyne 132:
A young hallockit lass, wi' a' the world in front o' her, is unco apt to be thochtless and heidstrong at times.
Lth. 1928 S. A. Robertson With Double Tongue 46:
Wha'd hae thocht to see an elder oot a' hallicat Geordie Tosh?
Gsw. 1931 H. S. Roberton Curdies 62:
Maries are saft, Betties are guid managers, Bellas are hailykit, Jessies are sapsies.
Dundee 1991 Ellie McDonald The Gangan Fuit 18:
Back an forrit atween the turrets o the Central Library
a wheen o halliket herring gulls gae soopan and skreichan
Sh. 1994 Laureen Johnson in James Robertson A Tongue in Yer Heid 167:
An I did tink at for wance, Annie wis gotten in tow wi a kinda sensible fellow instead o da halliget kind shö wis wint ta go for.

Hence hailickitness, hullicateness, thoughtlessness, frivolity (Cld. 1880 Jam.; Ayr.4 1928, hullicateness).

II. n. A noisy, restless person, a hoyden, a fool, a good-for-nothing, a worthless creature (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 251, hallicket; Ork. 1825 Jam., hallagad; Cai.4 c.1920, halligate; ‡Rxb. 1956, hellicat).Slk. 1822 Hogg Perils of Man I. 107:
Ding the brains out o' the gutters, clear for the camp, ye hellicat of an English hound.
Ags. 1891 Barrie Little Minister xxxviii.:
The hellicat says the rain's a dispensation to drown him in for neglect o' duty.
Sc. 1931 J. Lorimer Red Sergeant xviii.:
Ye're thinkin' o' that prood hellicat that ye thocht was tae be yer mistress.

[O.Sc. hallocked, id., 1675. Ppl. form from Hallock, v.; the hellicat(e) spelling is a fanciful variant popularised by Scott, which was phs. suggested to him by similarity in meaning of Eng. hellcat.]

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