Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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PEEVER, n.2 A very small marble (Fif. c.1850 R. Peattie MS.; ne.Sc., Fif. 1965). Ags. 1934 G. M. Martin Dundee Worthies 177:
The “Mappy” was a size between the “bool” [¾ inch diameter] and the “Doe” [1½ to 3 inches diameter] made of a finer earth, whilst the “Peever” was a miniature of the “Mappie” and usually had a crude design in colour on its exterior.

[? Child's alteration of Pea. But cf. also London dial. peevie, id. and Peever, n.1]

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