Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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QUEAK, n., v. Also queek, and freq. form queekle (Abd. 1967). Cf. Queeple. [kwik]

I. n. A gentle squeak, a weak peeping cry, as of a young or small animal (Sc. 1887 Jam.; Uls. 1967).

II. v. To make a weak, squeaking noise, to cheep (Sc. 1887 Jam.; Bnff., Abd. 1967). Pr.p. and vbl.n. queekin (Ib.). Abd.15 1928:
Aw h'ard the young deukies queekle-queeklin i' the stank as Aw cam' in the gate.

[Onomat. Cf. Quaik, Eng. squeak.]

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