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KITCHIE, n., v. Also kitch(e)y, ketchie (Bnff. 1920 Banffshire Jnl. (14 Dec.)). [′kɪtʃe, ne.Sc. -i]

I. n. 1. A kitchen (Bch. 1932 Dieth 77; Ags., Slg. 1942; n.Sc. 1960). Freq. attrib. Mry. 1708 E. D. Dunbar Social Life (1856) 212:
Fifteen timber trenchers to the kitchey.
Sc. 1820 A. Sutherland St Kathleen III. 158:
Ye'll ken the road to the kitchy, uncle Kenny, though ye hinna seen it this monnie a lang day.
Kcb. 1894 Crockett Lilac Sunbonnet xxxvi.:
I juist took up the bit lunchie that I saw on your kitchie table.
Bnff. 1924 Swatches o' Hamespun 20:
Boys, gin ye haad roon te the kitchie, Tibbie his something for ye.
ne.Sc. 1953 Mearns Leader (30 Oct.):
Corby's bark echoe't fae the kitchie ein.

Combs.: (1) kitchy-boy, a boy who works in the kitchen, a scullion; (2) kitchie-deem, -lass, -quine, a kitchen maid. See Deem, n., 3., Lass, Quean; (3) kitchie fee, = kitchen-fee s.v. Kitchen, n., 1. (1); (4) kitchie kyaaks, thick oatcakes, hard-fired on the outside and soft in the middle, gen. intended for the servants to eat (Ags.17 c.1930, cakes). (1) Sc. 1783 Lady Maisry in Child Ballads No. 65 A. vi.:
Her father's kitchy-boy heard that.
(2) Abd. 1917 C. Murray Sough o' War 40:
Syne we hae the kitchie deem, that milks an' mak's the maet.
Bch. 1930 Abd. Univ. Review (March) 102:
I wiz a gey fyle a kitchie lass mysel'.
Bch. 1946 J. C. Milne Orra Loon 7:
At Eile I'll help the kitchie-lass te thump the dreepin' sids.
(3) Bch. 1832 W. Scott Poems 131:
A clort o' butter for your sket, An' kitchie-fee.
(4) Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb viii.:
One of the “quarters” of parlour cakes, which bore about the same relation to the “kitchie kyaaks”, that a well-browned biscuit does to a lump of dough.

2. = Kitchen, n., 2. (Per. 1902 E.D.D.; Fif.10 1942; Sh., n.Sc. 1960). Also fig. Abd. 1865 G. Macdonald Alec Forbes xxviii.:
After eating a bit of oat cake, with a mug of blue milk for kitchie (Latin “obsonium”) she retired to her garret.
Mry. 1914 H. J. Warwick Tales 44:
Mebbe a bit mair kitchie noos an' thans.
Cai. 1916 J. Mowat Cai. Proverbs 5:
The sweet side o' yir toungue for kitchie.
Abd. 1955 W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick iv.:
The goodwife . . . added . . . a judicious allowance of cream. “Gran kitchie that”, she remarked.
Abd. 1960:
Kail at hame's nae kitchie, Butter an jam baith's twa kitchies.

3. A general domestic at a farm (Abd.15 1915, Abd. 1960), an abbrev. form of kitchie-deem, -lass, -quine. See 1., Combs.

II. v. 1. = Kitchen, v., 1. (Abd. 1860 Banffshire Jnl. (27 March); Sh., n.Sc. 1960). Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xl.:
A tatie i' the tae han', an' something to kitchie't wi' i' the tither.
Abd. 1920 C. Murray Country Places 32:
Ye gied him a kiss to kitchie his piece the streen.

2. Of farm-servants: to take one's meals in the farm-kitchen, as opposed to living in the bothy or cottar-house, to live in (ne.Sc. 1960). Vbl.n. kitchying. Abd. 1923 Banffshire Jnl. (13 Feb.):
The three methods — “cottaring”, “bothying”, and “kitchying” — of catering for the welfare of the soil's sturdy toilers and their families.

3. To use sparingly, as kitchie (Cai.4 1920). Cf. Kitchen, v., 2.

[O.Sc. kiche, a kitchen, 1538. A reduced form of Kitchen.]

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