Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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PEEVER, n.1 Add to defin.: Also attrib.
Add quots.: Sc. 1976 Roderick Watson True History on the Walls 29:
so I never skipped at hopscotch peevers beddies in Aberdeen but fell for Rommel at the bottom of the garden ...
wm.Sc. 1979 Robin Jenkins Fergus Lamont 8:
The girls were playing peaver on beds chalked on the pavement right in front of the closemouth.
wm.Sc. 1980 Anna Blair The Rowan on the Ridge 144:
Bryce had never looked on him as anything but his father's bothyman, but the young ones prattled to him and had him play peever beds or peerie-tops and whips whenever his work was done.
wm.Sc. 1984 Liz Lochhead Dreaming Frankenstein 98:
I like to watch my little sister
playing hopscotch, admire the neat hops-and-skips of her,
their quick peck,
never-missing their mark, not
over-stepping the line.
She is competent at peever.
Gsw. 1987 Matt McGinn McGinn of the Calton 22:
As children we played in that street at 'Shops' and Release the Box and Kick the Can and cards and rounders and boxing and singing and peever and moshie and kicking doors after we'd tied them with string to some other neighbous's door and at guesses and at all kinds of races and we had to be good runners from the police who haunted the street.
Gsw. 1991 John Burrowes Mother Glasgow 196:
'He needs a bulldozer this yin,' said Connors.
Riley shook his head, however. 'No ... leave him. I've got something lined up for him. And it'll make your bulldozer look like a game of peever.'
Arg. 1992:
When ye played the peever did ye no get a break when ye pit the stone down?
Dmb. 1992:
All the girls played peever on the pavement.
Rnf. 1993 History on your Doorstep, The Reminiscences of the Ferguslie Elderly Forum 5:
When I was a child in Port Glasgow the neighbours was out playing with the children, peever beds and everything, even the hoops, and piries; everybody joined in
Rnf. 1993 History on your Doorstep, The Reminiscences of the Ferguslie Elderly Forum 8:
It was great if somebody that worked in Shanks made you a real peever out of marble.
Gsw. 1998 Alan Spence Way to Go (1999) 28:
Padma's two wee sisters played peever on the pavement, hop and skip, skite a puckā€“the lid off a tin of shoe polish.

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