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PROVOKE, v., n. Also provock (Sh. 1753 J. Mill Diary (S.H.S.) 11).

I. v. As in Eng. Ppl.adj. provoking, tempting, tantalising, attractive. Derivs. ¶provokshin, -shon, n., provocation, temptation (Sh. 1966); provokesome, adj., provoking, irritating, annoying (Uls. 1966). Kcb. 1814  W. Nicholson Tales 123:
'Tweel thy [tobacco] taste's no' sae provokin' 'Tween you and me.
Dmb. 1844  W. Cross Disruption v.:
This was plump and plain and a wee provokesome.
s.Sc. 1857  H. S. Riddell Psalms xcv. 7, 8:
Gif ye wull heaer his voyce, hardanna your hairts, as in the provokshon, an' as in the daye o' temptatione.
Sh. 1897  Shetland News (15 May):
Nae flesh and blüd can staand siccan provokshin, as A'm gotten da night.

II. n. 1. A provocation, incitement, challenge, invitation, summons. Sc. 1773  J. Ross Fratricide II. 589 (MS.):
By just provoke made ireful.
Sc. 1824  Scott Letters (Cent. Ed.) VIII. 252:
You might justly think me most unmerciful, were you to consider this letter as a provoke requiring an answer.
Sc. 1842  Blackwood's Mag. (March) 375:
He regretted to hear that Sunday was our only open day, but finally, summing up courage, he hazarded a provoke for Sunday.

2. A person or thing which causes annoyance or irritation, a nuisance, pest. Gen.Sc. Ags. 1894  J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) 131:
I'm an awfu' eedeit, a pure provoke to a' 'at belangs me!
Lth. 1925  C. P. Slater Marget Pow 86:
I once neeboured one of thae Bright Christian folk, and she was a fair provoke.
wm.Sc. 1930  Scots Mag. (Oct.) 35:
Is that no' a provoke? An' me had my heart set on't.

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



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