Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
PAUCHLE, v.2, n.2 Also pawchle; paghle; pyauchle, and reduced form pyach. [pxl, pɑxl]
I. v. 1. Freq. with alang, awa, on, etc.: to move feebly but persistently, to shuffle, hobble (Uls. 1965); to struggle along, make slow and painful progress, move painfully forward (Slk. 1965). Also used fig.
Ags. 1880 Montrose Characters 138:
That's Bob o' the Bell ye see Gaun pauchlin' alang the pave. Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
Pauchlin' on i' the heat of the day. Abd. 1932 R. L. Cassie Scots Sangs 25:
We pauchle on, we peenge an' pine For want o' wordies wee.
2. To struggle, strive, contend, expend effort and energy. Ppl.adj. pauchled, worn-out, exhausted, drained of all energy.
Kcb. 1921 T.S.D.C.:
Why should I pyauchle wi' im ony mair. wm.Sc. 1937 W. Hutcheson Chota Chants 4:
A gey auld gaberlunzie man, Sair pauchled wi' muckle toil. Fif. 1958:
Jist pauchlin awa — just struggling along, doing the best we can.
3. To work in an ineffectual way, to bungle, potter, trifle; also with awa (Fif., Lth. 1965). Ppl.adj. pochlin, awkward, inefficient, bungling; agent n. pauchler, a clumsy, unskilful person, a bungler, “foozler” (Fif. 1949; Gsw. 1965).
II. n. 1. A state of confusion, a flurry, a disorganized state of affairs. Also shortened form pyach (Mry. 1958). Phrs. a pauchle o' trouble, id. (Uls 1965), to be in a pauchle, to be in a chaotic disorganized state, behind with one's work, in a muddle (Mry., Fif., Uls. 1965).
2. A feeble old creature, a frail, tottering old body (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 376), also pawchlie, id. (Sc. 1911 S.D.D.); a stupid person, a simpleton, “a person of low stature, rather silly” (Mac Taggart, pawchle).
Uls. 1907 R. Mayne Turn of Road i.:
Robbie John's an idle useless paghle.
You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.
"Pauchle v.2, n.2". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 22 Jan 2022 <https://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/pauchle_v2_n2>
Try an Advanced Search