Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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MASHIE, n. [′mɑʃi]

1. An iron golf club introduced c.1880 and used for approach shots, having a straight sole and face with the face at a medium angle to the shaft. Fif. 1886 R. Forgan & Son Retail Price List:
Iron Putters, 5s 6d Mashies, 5s 6d.
Sc. 1888 J. H. Taylor Golf (1943) 59:
He produced a sample club that he had just received from Anderson of Anstruther, saying: “Here, Harry, is a new type of club sent me, which they call a “mashie”, something between an iron and a niblick.”
em.Sc. 1920 J. Black Airtin' Hame 61:
Syne he'll play wi' cleek and mashie Until his pairtner's het.
Sc. 1951 Scotsman (22 May):
We do not know how the stymie got its name, but it seems a pity that it must join the niblick, the mashie, and the cleek in limbo.
Sc. 1955 R. Browning Hist. Golf 83:
The use of the niblick — which became the later “mashie” or No. 5 iron — for approach shots.

2. Extended usage: the steel part of a flint and steel (Fif.17 1952).

[Dim. of Mash.]

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"Mashie n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 28 Nov 2021 <>



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