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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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JAURIE, n. Also jaurrie, ja(u)ry, jawry, jawrie, jarie (Uls. 1904 Uls. Jnl. Archaeol. 127), jarrie, jorrie, -y; jairie. An earthenware marble (see quots.) (Ags., Per., Lth., wm.Sc., Uls. 1959), and reduced forms jar(r). Also attrib. with bool (wm.Sc. 1917 H. Foulis Jimmy Swan 206). [′dʒǫrɪ, ′dʒɑre]Rnf. 1877 J. M. Neilson Poems 93:
Sic a pock o' bools he's won — Redies, jaries, marbles blue.
Hdg. 1886 J. P. Reid Facts and Fancies 193:
I've gat fowre bools, a peep an' a', A glassie an' a jairie.
Lnk. 1895 W. Stewart Lilts 59:
Hail, like jaury-bools, play'd rattle 'Gainst my nose an' garr'd me dance.
Arg. 1901 R. C. Maclagan Games Arg. 152:
The marbles used are generally “jaries” and “reddies”: the former of brown earthenware glazed and burned, the others of red clay and rated as of the value of two to a “jary”.
Gsw. 1931 H. S. Roberton Curdies 85:
The qualification to play [moshie] was the possession of a “jaurrie” to play with, and a “glessie” to lose, if the player happened to be defeated.
Lnk. 1951 Bulletin (15 April):
The old household hint about putting a stone jaurie in the kettle to prevent “furring”.
Gsw. 1972 Molly Weir Best Foot Forward (1974) 26:
The dirty washing could be kept there too, and my skipping ropes, and the bools and the jawries we used for our games at moshie, ...
Gsw. 1985 Jeff Torrington in Peter Kravitz Edinburgh Review 71 5:
You could talk to Nat about almost anything: Zen, existentialism, flying saucers; he could rap about Camus, Sartre, even Bergson, and a little Jung too, although, in his self-effacing way, he claimed that pride in such smatterings was equivalent to 'a wee boy rattling his pocketful of jorries to prove how smart he was'.
Gsw. 1991 Maud Devine in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 126:
ma cairn
thoan's luv
the petrified wee jorrie
weans rowl doon clatty drains
Arg. 1992:
Jarrie, a marble but now usually only evoked to criticise the size of potatoes.
Gsw. 1993 Herald 12 Nov 18:
If Winston Churchill were alive now he would applaud the venture. He was ever for the Gold Standard. If Robert Cumminghame Graham wis jouking aboot he would be jingling like a jorrie.
Gsw. 1994 Alasdair Gray A History Maker 59:
Three twelve-year-old lads knelt on the floor playing jorries. They sprang up, led the dapple grey from her stall, saddled and bridled her.

Phr. have a jorrie in one's mouth, To speak habitually in a (supposedly) affected way. (Gsw., Ayr. 2000s).Gsw. 1985 Michael Munro The Patter 39:
jorries Someone with a posh accent is often said to talk with a jorrie in his mouth
Sc. 2000 Herald 27 Nov 16:
I may sound as if I have a jorrie in my mooth. But I was brought up in a household and in a place where the sound of Scots was in the air and where we used Scots words to express exactly what we saw and felt.

[For jaurie bool, from an attrib. use of jaur, Eng. jar, as made of the same material, + Ie, adj. suff.]

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