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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).

KETACH, n. Also kiutach, kittagh-, katy-, kitty-. The left hand (Arg. 1882 Arg. Herald (3 June) kiutach, Arg. 1959).

Hence kittagh-handed, katy-, kitty-handit, left-handed (Ayr. 1825 Jam.; Uls. 1886 Patterson Gl., Uls. 1936).Ayr. 1822 Galt Steam-Boat 191:
I have been all my days katy-handed.

[Gael. ciotag, the left-hand, Gael., Ir. ciotach, left-handed.]

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"Ketach n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 27 Sep 2022 <>



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