Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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KEEKUM, n. A mischievous little child (Abd. 1959), prob. orig. shortened from phr. Auld Keekum, a name for the devil. Bwk. 1880  T. Watts Woodland Echoes 49:
But Rab let play his cutty whuttle — A time-tried, honest piece o' metal — It slippit yont auld Keekum's thrapple.

[Keek, n.2, + -Um. Cf. Nickum.]

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