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KNYPE, v.1, n. Also knyp, knip(e), kneip. [knəip, knɪp; Ags. tnəip]

I. v. 1. To knock, strike sharply (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 227; ‡Abd., Uls. 1960). Also with ower, to knock over with violence (Gregor, Bnff.2 1927). Abd. 1868 G. Macdonald R. Falconer vi.:
He kneipit their heids thegither, as gin they hed been twa carldoddies.
Bnff. 1958 Banffshire Jnl. (8 April):
The water's owre drumlie an' the fish are keepin' doon, Ma flee gaes juikin' roon aboot an knipes me i' the croon.

2. To “jog on” steadily, to keep going, to work away (ne.Sc., Ags. 1960), freq. with on (Id.). Abd. 1924 Swatches o' Hamespun 71:
Gin ye haud knypin, ye'll wun the eyn o' yer journey in coorse.
Ags. 1952 Forfar Dispatch (4 Dec.):
She's knipit awa at the knittin or her beens is a' sair.
Abd. 1956 Bon-Accord (27 Dec.):
“Fit's daein'?” . . . “Tyauch; knipin' on, ye ken.”

II. n. A light blow, a knock or tap on the head or on a door (Mry.1 1925). Abd. 1825 Jam.:
I'll gie ye a knyp o'er the head.

Phr.: to cry knyp, to go smack. Cf. Knap, n., 1., Knip. Abd. 1875 W. Alexander My Ain Folk 97:
None o' yer impident chat here, sir, or I'll gar yer chafts cry knyp owre that ill-hung tongue o' yours.

[An echoic variant in the series Knap, v., n.3, Knip, v., n.3, the diphthong having intensive force.]

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