Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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KYPE, n. 1. (1) Add quot.: ne.Sc. 1994 Alastair Mackie in James Robertson A Tongue in Yer Heid 92:
And whaur the weather and time and the grunstane o coontless cairt-wheels wi their airn-shod rims had worn awa a bit o the surface to mak a sma hole — there was oor kype whaur we rowed oor fawn picks, or baal-bearins or gless bools wi a twist o colour in their herts,

1. (2) Add to defin.: See also 1980 quot.
Add quot.: ne.Sc. 1980 James Fowler Fraser Doctor Jimmy 4-5:
The games of the school were the conventional ones of the time. We played rather an unorthodox game with marbles or the 'bools' as they were called. The shed in the school playground had a pillar in the middle and there were two small holes made in the cement, one at each end a short distance from the end, so we played by rolling the marbles at brightly-coloured glass balls which were known as 'glessers'. The nearest one was played from the hole near the end; that was called the "short kypie". The middle of the shed was the "polar". Then there was the "long kypie" and the "end of the sheddie". Boys would bowl at one another's "bools" and each one that missed was kept by the boy with the "glesser"; if you hit the "glesser", then you got it and the other boy had a shot at it. This would go on interminably.

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"Kype n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 23 Sep 2021 <>



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