Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

from 1976 supplement

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

DANDIE-CLAW, n.comb. See quot. Also in form dandie-hurl (Slk. 1965). Fif. 1957  :
“I'll sune gie that the dandie-claw” means “I'll soon polish that off”. Said e.g. of very good food, or of a job which one intends to do in the quickest and sketchiest way.

[Poss. from Dandy, n.2, + claw, Hurl, n.1, 2. See Dondie-birl below.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Dandie-claw n. comb.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 8 Dec 2019 <>



Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND: