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HAUCHLE, v., n. Also ha(i)ghle, hachle, hachel, haughle. [hxl]

I. v. To walk slowly and clumsily with dragging feet, shuffle, limp (Lth., Rxb. 1825 Jam.; Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Per., m.Lth., Ayr., Uls. 1956); to walk as if carrying a heavy burden (Upp. Lnk. 1825 Jam.). Hence ppl.adj. hauchlin, slovenly (Mearns Ib.) and vbl.n. hachelin, a slow-witted person, “a know nothing” (Tyr. 1931 North. Whig (7 Dec.) 9). Cf. Hechle. Edb. 1894  P. H. Hunter J. Inwick 114:
What needs ye gang hauchlin an' hirplin alang, like crupple Dick upon a stick?
s.Sc. 1897  E. Hamilton Outlaws xxix.:
I dinna ken but what I'd maist as lief be cauld-dead as gae haghlin' through life wantin' an airm.

II. n. Applied to a person: a slut, a sloven (Ayr. 1825 Jam., hachel; Tyr. 1929 per Uls.2, haughle); to work: a bungled or botched piece of work (Kcb.4 1900). Ayr. 1822  Galt Sir A. Wylie xlix.:
A gipsey's character, a hachel's slovenliness, and a waster's want.

[A variant of Hochle, q.v.]

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