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SMUIRICH, v., n. Also smurach, -och, smoorich, -ik, smourock, -ach, smir(r)ik; smearich, smeerik; smewrach (Mry.), and irreg. smuthick (Ork.). [′smørɪç, ′smuriç, Abd. ′smir-, Mry. ′smjur-. See P.L.D. § 142.]

I. v. intr. or absol.: to exchange kisses, to cuddle, “canoodle” (ne.Sc., Ags., Per. 1970). Occas. tr., to kiss. Freq. in vbl.n. smurachin, smooriken, -in, smir(r)ikin, smeerikin, a kiss, cuddle (Sc. (smir-, smeer-), Fif. (smur-) 1808 Jam.; Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 428, smeerikin; Sh., ne.Sc. 1970). Per. 1878 R. Ford Hamespun Lays 146:
Young Sandy kiss'd them ane an' a', An' Harry smoorich'd mair than twa.
Sh. 1886 J. Burgess Sketches 115:
Yon nicht I juist hed a smooriken at dir door.
Lnk. 1895 W. Stewart Lilts 193:
Efter hauflins smoorin' her wi' smirrikens.
Abd. 1918 J. Mitchell Bydand 22:
We'll smoorich ane anither fin' there's nae ane there tae leuk.
Bnff.5 1926:
I saw them smoorichin in a corner.
Sh. 1947 New Shetlander (June–July) 3:
Does a lass laek a smoorikin ony da less becaws sho dusna hae de derivation?

II. n. A kiss, caress, a hug, cuddle (Per. 1904 E.D.D.; Ork. 1929 Marw., smuthick; Ork. (smuthick), ne.Sc., Ags., Per. 1970). Dim. smewrachy (Mry. 1921 T.S.D.C.), smourockie (Sh. 1970). Ags. 1864 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin 107, 378:
To lay my lips to hers, by way o' imprintin' a smurach thereon. . . . An awfu' smoorich o' a kiss as if he had been gaun to wirry her.
Ayr. 1892 H. Ainslie Pilgrimage 318:
A smourock or a cheeper.
Abd. 1898 J. R. Imray Sandy Todd ix.:
Wad ye hae ony objeckshuns tae me takin' ye in o' my oxters an' gien' ye a bit smearich o' a kiss?
Abd. 1921 Swatches o' Hamespun 12:
[He] syne ga' her the idder smuirich o' a kiss.
Abd. 1956 J. Murray Rural Rhymes 32:
Young Jockie an' the lass frae Gicht, Hae mony a smoorach oot o' sicht.

[Intensive form of Smuir, v., 2.(1), sc. to smother with kisses.]

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