Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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QUEEPLE, n., v. Also kweeple. [kwipl]

I. n. The peeping cry of young ducks (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 136).

II. v. To peep, quack in a squeaking, high-pitched tone, as ducklings do (Bnff. 1880 Jam.; Bnff., Per. 1967). Vbl.n. queeplan, kweeplin. Abd.15 1930:
The deukies is haudin a sad kweeplin. Hiv they tint their midder?

[Onomat. with freq. ending. Cf. Wheeple and queekle s.v. Queak.]

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