Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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KNIFF, n., v. An I. and n.Sc. form, with analogical k, of Eng. slang niff. [knɪf]

I. n. A bad smell (I.Sc., Cai. 1960). Sh. 1949  J. Gray Lowrie 14:
What kind o' petril is dis it wir gotten. Man, dey wir a vild kniff wi hit.
Sh. 1955  New Shetlander No. 41. 14:
Shu coodna bide da kniff o it so he took it ta da barn.

II. v. To sniff, snuffle. Abd. 1928 15 :
He wis aye kniff kniffin an' whazlin, bein geen te asthma.

[Orig. imit.]

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