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MITTLE, v., n. Also mittal.

I. v. To injure, to do bodily harm to, to maul, mutilate (Ork. 1929 Marw.; ‡Kcd., Ags., Per. 1963); to strike one a heavy blow (Ork. 1920 J. Firth Reminisc. 153). Hence vbl.n. mittlin, mitlin, a hurt, an injury, a scar or weal. Sc. 1820  A. Sutherland St. Kathleen III. vii.:
I'se warrant nae ghaist come your wye, save it be the ghaist o' the stirk, that ye lat get itsel' mittled the ither day.
Per. c.1879  Harp Per. (Ford 1893) 347:
Thae “lines” [railway] hae skaed puir fouk nae little, Just look hoo mony a' ane they mittle.
Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 34:
Sae deud Brockie, wi no a mitlin on his body; for his hide wus as teuch as a bull's.
Ags. 1896  A. Blair Rantin Robin 26:
Marget's gotten an awfu' mittlin wi' tumlin doon the stair.
Abd. 1917  J. L. Robertson Petition 10:
He's murderin', mittlin', burnin', rapin'.
Ags. 1948  Forfar Dispatch (8 Jan.):
The Granny on the lum-heid gaed wheekin up ee air afore it fell throwe the sky-licht ee washin-hoose. It wad hae mittled onybody gin it hed played lick on their napper.
Ork. 1956  C. M. Costie Benjie's Bodie 172:
Efter aa' hid was o' little account whin Tammie wisno waar mittled.

II. n. A sign of hurt or injury, a scar, weal, etc. Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 15:
I'me dichted dee face . . . an I canno' find a mittle on dee bodie or a skrat on de skin.

[E.M.E. mutile, Fr. mutiler, to mutilate.]

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"Mittle v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jun 2019 <>



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