Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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PUNKIE, n. Gen. in pl. a game of marbles played in three holes in the ground, the holes themselves (Rs. 1905 Folk-Lore XVI. 346; Inv. 1948). Inv. 1897  Highl. News (27 March) 9:
N — was playing with D — at punkies.
Inv. 1903  E.D.D.:
Punkies. One or more shallow holes in the ground being prepared, the opponents try to reach one by gentle throwing; he who reaches it first having the privilege of attempting to strike his opponent's marble.
Inv. c.1910  Football Times (28 Aug. 1948):
With “durbs” you could play “punkies.”

[Appar. a variant of plunkie s.v. Plunk.]

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