Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

SMOT, v., n. Also smott, smote.

I. v. To mark sheep with tar or other colouring matter as a sign of ownership (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Bwk. 1970). Ayr. 1828 D. Wood Poems 60:
I likewise had a gae piece keel, To smot the sheep.
Bwk. 1907 Trans. Highl. Soc. XIX. 153:
To mark, or “smott”, on some part of the body, all the first tupped ewes.

II. n. 1. A spot, stain, smudge (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.); specif. a mark of ownership put on a sheep with ruddle or the like (s.Sc. 1808 Jam.; Bwk. 1970); sheep so marked, individually or collectively (s.Sc. 1825 Jam.). Sc. 1856 J. Aiton Clerical Econ. 225:
No man will break his “smote,” as it is called, but at a loss.
Slk. 1956 Southern Reporter (26 Jan.):
What we call “smotes”, i.e., the ewes marked as due to lamb within each period of a week or five days.

2. A damp stain, mouldiness, mildew (Sc. 1808 Jam.).

[O.Sc. smot(t), to spot, stain, 1513, a stain, 1532, a sheep-mark, a.1672, a variant of smut, which is however recorded later.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Smot v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 14 Apr 2021 <https://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/smot>

21994

snd

Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

    Loading...

Share: