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KICH, n.1, v., int. Also cich; keach, keech, keegh; dim. keechie (Kcb. 1940); †kaigh (Fif. 1825 Jam.). [ki, kɪ]

I. n. Ordure, excrement, filth or dirt of any kind (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 94; Cld. 1880 Jam.; Cai. 1902 E.D.D.; Ork. 1929 Marw.). Gen.Sc. Hence kichie (Abd. 1960), keechie, keeghie, filthy, nasty (Edb., Gsw. c.1900; m.Lth., Dmf. 1960).

II. v. To void excrement (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 94; Inv. 1907). Gen.Sc. Hence kichen, -in, disgusting, obnoxious: of children: disagreeable in temper (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 94); of adults: “stuck-up”, haughty (Abd. 1960). Cf. Dirten, 2.

III. int. An exclamation of disgust, a warning ejaculation, gen. to a child, not to touch something dirty or undesirable (Fif. 1825 Jam.; Ayr.4 1928; I. and n.Sc., Ags., Per., m.Lth., Ayr., Kcb., Dmf. 1960). e.Rs.1 1929:
Cich! used to little children who are eating something nasty.

[A child's variant of cach, Cack, id., q.v.]

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