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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).

KIPPAGE, n. Also kippidge. [′kɪpədʒ]

1. Disorder, confusion, fuss, predicament, pother; a state of excitement or anger; hurry (Lth. 1808 Jam.; Kcb.1 1900; Cai.3 1928; Uls. 1929); spirits, fettle, mood (Cai., Kcb. 1960).Sc. 1819 Scott Bride of Lamm. xxvi.:
Dinna pit yoursell into a kippage.
Edb. 1823 M. and M. Corbett Petticoat Tales I. 267:
A bonny kippage I would be in if my father and you had ony cast out.
wm.Sc. 1854 Laird of Logan 310:
Often in a kippage to ken what to do with their shouthers and their arms and their heads.
Sc. 1889 Bk. of Sc. Story (1896) 331:
But dinna put aff time here, for I'se warrant my father's in a bonny kippidge already.
Cai. 1928 John o' Groat Jnl. (10 Feb.):
Come 'wa', boy; yer in great lek kippage 'e nicht, fat's on?

2. Of persons or dress: a “sight,” an untidy or grotesque appearance.e.Lth. 1889 J. Lumsden Lays Linton 66:
A fine kippage ye'd mak', I 'sure ye, war ye to lose it [a farm] noo.
Abd.27 1951 (Boddam):
Sic a kippage as ye are! An awfu like kippage!

[O.Sc. has kippage, a crew, 1578, ad. Fr. équipage, id., the orig. meaning having been replaced by fig. (gen. ironical) extensions, as in Eng. equipage.]

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"Kippage n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 6 Oct 2022 <>



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