Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

KEELICK, n., v. Also keelock, -ak; keelup, keilup, -op, kellop.

I. n. 1. A blow, stroke (Ags. 1808 Jam.; Abd., Kcd. (keelup), Ags., Fif. 1959). Per. 1902  E.D.D.:
I'll gie ye a keelup on the side o' the head.

2. Fig. Anger, trouble, vexation (Ags. 1808 Jam.).

II. v. Only in vbl.n. keelakin, a thud, a hard blow (Abd. 1959), also written as keerikin, id., a heavy fall (Fif. 1825 Jam.; Abd. 1959); a sharp flick on the side of the face with thumb and forefinger (Mry.2 c.1880). Abd. 1886  Northern Figaro (27 Nov.) 10:
Gi'en that loon sic a keelikin' as garred him tak' till's bed for near a week.
Abd. 1926  Abd. Univ. Review (July) 221:
Gin ye had fa'n o' them, ye micht a' gotten a bonnie keelakin.

[Orig. somewhat doubtful. The various forms may be alterations, with derivatives, of keel-up s.v. Keel, n.2, 4. with the basic notion of (a blow which causes) a heavy fall on one's back.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Keelick n., v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jun 2019 <https://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/keelick>

14104

snd

Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

    Loading...

Share: