Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FOUTER, n., v. II. 1. Add quot.: wm.Sc. 1998  Alan Warner The Sopranos (1999) 316:
I don't know Orr, Fionnula footered the last cigarette out a pack.

II. 1. Hence adj. fouterie. Add variant footery.
Add quots.: Sc. 1994  Herald 24 Sep 10:
It is a footery job, admittedly, but well worth the trouble. It helps to keep the frost out, and conversely keeps artificial heat in.
Dmf. 2000s  :
Ma brither was aye keen on daein footery jobs that needed a lot o concentration.

II. 1. ppl.adj. Add variant futtering.
Add quots.: wm.Sc. 1965  Alan Sharp A Green Tree in Gedde (1985) 324:
Like a taste in the mouth the memory of them, those countless long since Sunday tea-times, with Mrs Cuffee futtering about getting the table laid and 'Children's Hour' on, ...
Gsw. 1987  James Kelman Greyhound for Breakfast (1988) 150:
He waited for the kettle to boil then collected the coins with one hand while footering with the plug and the kettle with the other.
Ags. 1988  Raymond Vettese The Richt Noise 13:
Ay, and sae it micht be
wi mysel, and my foot'rin phraisie style:
snashgab, nocht mair, a silly dashelt screed, ...

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"Fouter n., v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Jul 2019 <>



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