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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.

SMACHERIE, n. Also smach(i)rie, smachry; smaichery; sma(c)kery; smag(g)rie, -ry. [′smɑx(ə)re]

1. A large number of miscellaneous small objects, esp. in a state of disorder or confusion, a higgledy-piggledy mass (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff, 169, smachirie, smaggirie); sim. of people, esp. children (Abd. 1970).Abd. 1837 J. Leslie Willie & Meggie 22:
A smachry o' ragget, girnin' geets.
Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 169:
Sic a smachirie o' bairns is at the squeel.
Abd. 1867 W. Anderson Rhymes 66:
A sma' farmer . . . Wi' a smachrie o' littlins beside.
Abd. 2000 Sheena Blackhall The Singing Bird 44:
An infinity o lichts
That ding oor human cantrips intae smachrie -
A pucklie smush
Ooto the wallopin faulds
O the pooch o time.

2. Specif.: a hotch-potch of food, freq. of sweet-meats, confectionery, or the like, a mixture of dainties (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.; Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 169, Per. 1880 Jam., smaggrie; ne.Sc., Ags. 1970). Also attrib., in 1916 quot. used to translate Proverbs iv. 24 “perverse.”Abd. 1754 R. Forbes Jnl. from London 30:
They sent in some smachry or ither to me, an' a pint of their scuds.
Abd. 1851 W. Anderson Rhymes 200:
Your ketchup and sauces, your soups and preserves, Your smachries are only a fusionless dose.
Bnff. 1852 A. Harper Solitary Hours 47:
Whan fouk hae gweed ale on their gantrees, And fouth o' smachry i' their pantries.
Abd. 1867 W. Anderson Rhymes 104:
But as for drinkin' tea — 'twas nae for her Sic smachrie trash to use.
Abd. 1888 Bon-Accord (24 Nov.) 9:
To chaw awa' at sweeties an' smakery.
Sc. 1916 T. W. Paterson Wyse-Sayins iv. 24:
Lat nae smachrie words smit yer lips.
Abd. 1958 Bon-Accord (1 May) 10:
Galshichs o' smachrie stuff.
Abd. 1990 Stanley Robertson Fish-Hooses (1992) 55:
As they wint aff she wint intae her purse and took oot twa half-croons. She gaed them tae the mither for tae buy some smackery for the bairns.

[Deriv. of Smacher, poss. with influence from smack, taste, flavour.]

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"Smacherie n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 6 Oct 2022 <>



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