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SCLIM, v., n. Also sclimm, sklim(m), sclimb, sklimb. Sc. forms of Eng. climb. See P.L.D. § 69 and S, letter, 5. [sklɪm]

I. v. As in Eng. (Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1923–6 Wilson; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Rxb. 1942 Zai). Gen.Sc. Pa.t. weak sclimmt (wm.Sc. 1926 Scots Mag. (Dec.) 225), sclimmit (Sc. 1929 Scots Mag. (Feb.) 385), sclimmed, sklimt (Slg. 1935 W. D. Cocker Further Poems 14), sclimbed (Dmb. 1899 J. Strang Lass of Lennox 295); strong sclam, sclum (Sc. 1928 J. G. Horne Lan'wart Loon 15, 23), sclamb (Slg. 1901 R. Buchanan Poems 174); sklum (Rxb. 1958 Trans. Hawick Arch. Soc. 21). See further under Clim. Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xiv.:
I wad be sure to get my hurdies broddit if I tried to sklim owre.
Hdg. 1876 J. Teenan Songs 52:
Could dreip a dyke, or sklimb a tree.
wm.Sc. 1903 S. Macplowter Mrs Mccraw 51:
Wee Jock sclimmed ontill a rockin'-chair.
Fif. 1916 G. Blaik Rustic Rhymes 170:
I sclamb upon the table heich.
s.Sc. 1938 Border Mag. (Oct.) 151:
Pate, sclimin' back up his lether.
Sc. 1945 Scots Mag. (April) 12:
When sall I see again reek sclim the air.

II. n. As in Eng., a climb, ascent. m.Sc. 1922 J. Buchan Huntingtower iv.:
I tried the roof, and a sore sklim I had.
Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 15:
“Teedisome brae”, quo A, eenow, bit for aa A stecht keinda, it was rale neice, that sklimm.

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"Sclim v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 May 2021 <>



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