Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CLART, n.1 Add variant clurt
1. Add to defin.: (clart Cai., Bnff., Abd., Edb., Gsw., Ayr., Dmf.; clort Bnff., Abd.; clairt Edb.; clert Dmf. 2000s).
Add quots.: m.Sc. 1986  Colin Mackay The Song of the Forest 49:
"That whatever the danger is, it is better for us to die on our feet than live on our knees with our faces to the clart, ... "
Dundee 1996  Matthew Fitt Pure Radge 4:
aye hingin
hootchin wi clart
Uls. 2005  :
My skirt got covered in clart.

2. Add quot.: Abd. 1996  Sheena Blackhall Wittgenstein's Web 7:
An fit made it aa the mair vexxin, Davie hid gotten a Steeler—a great glimmerin clort o a boolie tae add tae his collection.

4. Add to defin.: (Lnk. 1990s). Add quot.: sm.Sc. 1988  W. A. D. and D. Riach A Galloway Glossary :
clart 2. a clot of wool or manure on an animal.

6. Add to defin.: (Fif., Edb., Ayr., Dmf. 2000s). Add quots.: Ork. 1952  R. T. Johnston Stenwick Days (1984) 83:
... Drusilla Matches called on Gabriel Stout, and after a passionate outburst in which she described him as a chit, a double-crossing whelp, a sneck in the gress, a worthless clurt, and other choice epithets, slung her engagement ring in his face.
Gsw. 1993  :
What a clert!
Edb. 1993  :
Baith the twa o ma bairns are clairts.
ne.Sc. 1994  Alastair Mackie in James Robertson A Tongue in Yer Heid 97:
Granite for Edward the seventh's statue, wi doo's shite on his brou, the fat clort.

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