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SLERP, v., n., adj. Also slirp (Watson); slairp (Jam.). [slɛrp]

I. v. 1. intr. To salivate or slobber, to splutter messily, to spit (Ork., Fif., Rxb. 1970); “to make a disagreeable sucking sound when sipping spoon-food” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); to kiss in a drooling sentimental way. Ork. 1929 Marw.:
He was sittan there slerpan an' spittan a' ower the floor.
Ork. 1956 C. M. Costie Benjie's Bodle 122:
He began slerpan and kissan on peur Sarah.

2. tr. (1) To slabber or smear with a wet or messy substance, to daub on carelessly or sloppily; ppl.adj. slirpin, messy, untidy, slatternly (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., slirp). Ork. 1929 Marw.:
Slerp his face wi' a weet towel.
Ork.11950:
To slerp on a coat of paint, to lay on (with careless speed).

(2) To consume noisily or messily, to lick up in a slobbering way (wm.Sc. 1904 E.D.D.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., slirp; Edb., Kcb., Dmf. 1970).

II. n. 1. A blob or smear of some wet, messy substance, a dollop, gob (Ork. 1970); ‡“a spoonful of liquid taken hastily” with a slobbering sound (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Wgt., Rxb. 1970). Ork. 1929 Marw.:
A great slerp o' spitting.

2. A wet smacking blow, a resounding slap (Ork. 1970). Ork. 1929 Marw.:
He got a slerp on his face wi' the weet cloot. Gie her [horse] a slerp.

3. A slovenly woman, a slattern, slut (Fif. 1825 Jam.; Per., Fif. 1970). Fif. 1883 W. D. Latto Bodkin Papers 21:
Wha wad hae thocht ye was sic a handless slerp?

III. adj. Slovenly, messy, untidy (Sc. 1825 Jam., s.v. slairt); also in extended form slerpy, id. (Ork., Fif. 1970).

[Imit. variant of Slorp, q.v. Cf. Slair, Slairg, Slairk, etc.]

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