Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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PLERT, v., n., adv. Also plirt.

I. v. To walk in a heavy, flat-footed way, to plod through mud or water (I.Sc. 1966). Ork. 1956 C. M. Costie Benjie's Bodle 106:
I plerted on through weet an' dry.

II. n. A heavy fall, into soft earth, mud, etc., a splash (Ork., Wgt. 1966). Cf. plart s.v. Plat. Uls. 1897 W. Lyttle Robin Gordon 94:
“A fell my hale length this very day” . . . “Man, ye wud come doon a quer plert!”
Ork. 1929 Marw.:
Doon he gaed wi' a plirt on the slidy rocks. She fell wi' a plirt i' the duckie-pow.

III. adv. With a heavy splash, plop! (Ork. 1966). Ork. 1909 Old-Lore Misc. II. i. 29:
Neist day Aidam tuik his wings, geid on de tap o' the kil, spred dem oot, jumped aff an cam doon plirt ih the midenpow.

[Prob. partly imit., partly a variant of plart, intensive form of Plat, q.v.]

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