Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
About this entry:
First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
KAUCH, n. Also kaught, caught; kiaugh, kiauch, kya(u)ch(t), kiach(t), kyaugh(t); caigh, ke(a)ch, keagh; quacht (Dmf. 1912 J. L. Waugh Robbie Doo 76). Care, worry, uneasiness of mind, bustle, anxious exertion (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 7; Dmf. 1825 Jam.; Kcb. 1898 A. J. Armstrong Levellers 220, kyacht; Dmf. 1899 Country Schoolmaster (Wallace) 350, Kcb., Dmf. 1959), freq. in phrs. kauch and care, id., in a kauch, troublesome, full of worry or care. Adj. kiachsome (Kcb. a.1902 Gallovidian (1913) 109, Kcb. 1959). [kjɑ:x]Ayr. 1786 Burns Cotter's Sat. Night iii.:
The lisping infant, prattling on his knee, Does a' his weary kiaugh and care beguile.Sc. 1794 J. Grahame Poems 97:
Write me how mony ye're to bring Your caigh and care ahint you fling.Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 289:
To be in a kauch, to be in an extreme flutter, not knowing which way to turn; over head and ears in business.Dmf. 1830 W. Bennet Traits Sc. Life III. 156:
Mony a sair kaught Grizzy an' the weans an' me had wi't.Gsw. 1872 J. Young Lochlomond Side 33:
In sic an unca kech we are To see a sicht surpassing far Ocht that has yet made glad our eyes.Kcb. 1896 A. J. Armstrong Cobbler o' Kirkiebrae 124:
Three weans wad eat ane oot o' hoose an' ha'. It's a guid thing for Peter that he has gotten rid o' sic a kiacht.Sc.(E) 1913 H. P. Cameron Imit. Christ ii. v. 6:
Ye'se mak grit fordal, gin ye waird yersel lowse frae a' temporal kiaugh.Dmf. 1949:
I had an awfy kyaucht wi' the bairns, takin them on holiday.
You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.
"Kauch n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 17 Aug 2022 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/kauch>