Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
SLIDDER, v., n. Also slither; sluther (Per. 1897 C. R. Dunning Folk-Lore 6); sclidder, sklidder, sclither, sklither. [′slɪdər, -ðər, ′skl-]
I. v. 1. intr. (1) To slip, slide, slither (Rxb. 1825 Jam., sclidder, -ther; Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928); Rxb. 1942 Zai, sklidder; ne., m. and s.Sc. 1970).
Rnf. a.1810 R. Tannahill Poems (1910) 126:
Smiling, leuk back, an slidder down, Tae rise again. Sc. 1826 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 278:
Ane o' their horses . . . slidders awa doun a bank, and gets jammed into a snaw-stall. Ags. c.1860 Mod. Sc. Poets (Edwards) XIV. 260:
He's gruppin' at ane [trout] by the tail — Eh, there it's sclidder't oot. Per. 1895 I. Maclaren Auld Lang Syne 142:
The soople, slidderin' body o't [a trout]. Sh. 1896 J. Burgess L. Biglan's Mutch 57:
I couldn't stand sliddering about upun a yard above a boiling sirf. Kcb. 1897 T. Murray Frae the Heather 156:
That fain wad climb, but stachers aye And slidders back. m.Sc. 1928 O. Douglas Ann and her Mother ix.:
If the whole hypothic didna slidder oot o' ma hand on to the grund.
(2) To walk or move in a casual, sauntering manner, to walk with a lazy, lounging gait (Ayr. 1930; Ags., wm.Sc. 1970); to slip away, to “get a move on”, take oneself off.
s.Sc. 1885 W. Scrope Salmon Fishing 256:
The ither mun slidder up to Abbotsford and tell your uncle Tam. Kcb. 1896 Crockett Cleg Kelly xxix.:
Slidderin' alang by the hill dyke wi' his hands in his pooches. Ags. 1904 E.D.D.:
Dod, man, I'll need to slidder.
2. tr. and intr. (1) To slur one's words in speaking, “to pronounce indistinctly in consequence of speaking with rapidity” (Sc. 1808 Jam.); (2) to delay, put off, procrastinate (Kcd. 1825 Jam.).
3. tr. (1) To cause to slip or slide (Sh., Ags. 1970).
Ayr. 1833 Galt Howdie, etc. (1923) 68:
The advocate . . . sliddered back his chair from the breakfast table.
¶(2) to make slippery, cover with a slippery substance, to frost over.
Kcb. 1838 R. Kerr Maggie o' Moss (1891) 60:
He slidder'd the pavements a' aboot, To break folks' legs an' arms.
II. n. 1. A sliding, slithering movement , a slip, skid (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Sh., ne.Sc. (sclidder), Per., Lth., wm.Sc., Kcb. 1970).
Ayr. 1834 Galt Lit. Life II. 124:
Every step I forward ettled, A backward slidder whelp'd or kittled.
2. Ice, an icy surface (ne.Sc., Ags. 1970); a slide of ice (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.).
Abd. 1922 Weekly Free Press (28 Jan.) 3:
Gin there be slidder or sic like, Aw canna pit oot ma fit ava. Abd. 1955 W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick iii.:
Naething noo bit tangles abeen yer heid an' slidder aneth yer feet.
3. A narrow steep hollow or track running down a hill-side, esp. when covered with loose stones, a scree (Lth. 1825 Jam., sclithers; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; s.Sc. 1970); one of such stones.
Peb. 1805 J. Nicol Poems II. 103:
Thro' heather, sclithers, bogs, an' rashes. Rxb. 1845 T. Aird Old Bachelor 176:
Tearing and wearing his corduroys, up trees and down “slidders”. Sc. 1884 T. Speedy Sport in Highlands 220:
Owing to their [ptarmigans'] reluctance to rise, they will often be seen running among the grey stones or “sclithers”. m.Sc. 1898 J. Buchan John Burnet iii. v.:
We were now descending a steep hillside, all rough with sklidders. Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
He threw a sklidder at 'im. Slk. 1949 W. Addison Ettrick Verse 27:
The third bomb gaur'd the sclidders flee In shoors o' fell hailstanes.
4. A slow-moving or dilatory person, a sluggard, “snail” (wm.Sc. 1970).
Ork. 1894 W. R. Mackintosh Peat-fires 108:
Ane micht as weel speak to the stane wa', th'u are sicna slither.
5. In deriv. form slidderum, a “slippery”, smooth-tongued insincere person (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Also attrib. = wheedling, fawning (Id.).
¶6. The movable parts of a slide-rule. The rhyme however is with dividers and the word is prob. a misprint for slider.
m.Lth. 1812 P. Forbes Poems 44:
A boxwood scale, wi' slidders.
You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.
"Slidder v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 May 2021 <https://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/slidder>
Try an Advanced Search