Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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POODLIN, n. A variety of the game of marbles (see quot.). Edb. 1909  A. Reid Regality of Kirriemuir 399:
“Plunk”, which is known in Edinburgh as “Poodlin” and “Guttery”, resembles “Capie-Dykie”; but instead of throwing the bool at those on the line, it must be bowled like an underhand ball at cricket.

[Phs. a childish perversion of boolin, bowling. See Bool, v.1, and Booler, n.1]

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