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SCUIP, n., v. Also scup(e), sküp, skup; skep (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.), scaip, skaip (Fif.); skip; skjop, skjüp (Sh.); ‡skeep (ne.Sc.); ¶skube (Jam.). Sc. forms and usages of Eng. scoop. See P.L.D. §§ 35, 128 and Scoup. [skøp, skɪp; Fif. skep; ‡ne.Sc. skip]

I. n. 1. As in Eng., a vessel for ladling or baling; a wooden scoop for throwing water on bleaching clothes (Fif. 1921 T.S.D.C.); anything hollowed out (n.Sc. 1825 Jam.), esp. a hollowed-out wooden drinking vessel (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 422); a drink from such (Fif. 1825 Jam., a skube o' drink). Hence scuipfu, a scoopful, sküp net, scoop net. Ags. 1857  A. Douglas Hist. Ferryden 15:
Ye'll get the fu' o' your boats' scupe for a saxpence.
Abd. 1881  J. W. Ritchie Geordie Tough's Squeel (1931) 3:
Helms an' fitspars, skeeps an' clips.
Sh. 1898  Shetland News (13 Aug.):
Wid Donald Ertirson sleep soond if he saw ane takkin a skjöpfu' o' herrin'?
Bwk. 1906  Rymour Club Misc. I. 35:
Gae tak' a scuipfu' frae ilk sack.
Sh. 1922  J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 130:
Mind da boy's sküp net is i' da boat.

2. A kind of tennis bat. Cf. Scuif, 2. Phr. scupe and maggie, “a game in which a flat piece of wood is used for striking a ball into a hole made in the ground. To lodge the ball in this hole is the object of the player” (Rxb. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XI. 200).

3. A hat, bonnet or the like, of a shovel shape with a protruding brim; a straw-hat worn by women field-workers (Slk. 1825 Jam., scoopie; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., scoopie). wm.Sc. 1837  Laird of Logan 57:
An awfu' looking skup it was, [a mutch] boilled round wi' crape.

4. The front brim of a hat, the peak of a man's cap (Sc. 1904 E.D.D.; Fif., Slg., w. Lth., wm.Sc., Gall. 1969). Ppl.adj. scuppit, skippit, having a peak, esp. in phr. skippit bonnet, a man's cloth cap with a peak (Id.), †a woman's bonnet with a projecting brim. Dmb. 1844  W. Cross Disruption x.:
Wha was the auld gentleman wi' the scuppit beaver?
Gsw. 1889  A. G. Murdoch Readings I. 83, II. 29:
A skippet bonnet wi' a red band roond it. . . . That ugly twa-faced kep wi' the skip baith back an' fore?
Cai. 1902  J. Horne Canny Countryside 24:
Nellie's scooped bonnet in one bandbox.
wm.Sc. 1906  H. Foulis Vital Spark viii.:
Hey! you with the skipped kep.
Lnk. 1923  G. Blake Mince Collop Close ii. ii.:
The old man touched the polished skip ofhis cap and withdrew.
Gsw. 1947  J. F. Hendry Fernie Brae 167:
He had taken to wearing a cap, what they called in Glasgow “a hooker”, or a “skippet bunnet”.
wm.Sc. 1958  Daily Express (29 Oct.):
A cap with skips front and back.

II. v. As in Eng. Specif. to take herring out of a net with a scoop or baler; to catch herring which have fallen out of the meshes of a net (Sh. 1969). Sh. 1899  J. Inkster Mansie's Röd (1922) 135:
Ye'll skjüp nane dis night. If we hae thirty cran, ye'll git as mony as ye'll saat fir da winter.

[The vowel sound indicates derivation from Mid.Du. schōpe, bucket, scoop. Cf. Scoup. O.Sc. has skupe, a scoop, 1513.]

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