Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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DRAP, n., v. I. 3. Add: A Tron drop is 37.58 grains imperial Troy weight. See Tron and Weights And Measures in Suppl. Add quot.: Sc. 1757 R. Maxwell Pract. Husbandman 46:
In eight drop-weight of clover seed, if well chosen, there will be about 8000 good Seeds.

Add: 8. See quot. Sh. c.1950 Trad. Sh. Scarves & Shawls 8:
The shawl is quickly knitted on large needles in a charming “hole” pattern. Shetlanders call the holes “drops”, as they resemble dewdrops on the early morning heather.

9. In dim. drappie, a miscarriage, abortion. Abd. 1950:
She had a lassie an then a laddie—but she had a drappie in atween.

II. 2. Add quot.: wm.Sc. 1842 Children in Trades Report II. i 7:
There are not six weeks in the whole year that they “drop” before half past seven p.m.

3. (3) Add: dripping. Add quot.: m.Lth. 1842 Children in Mines Report II. 456:
I draw on the road where the women are at work; it is very drappie, and their clothes get gai wet.

4. Phrs. and Combs. Add: drappie-nosie-duff, a throw in a knock-out game of marbles in which the player stood directly above the ring and let the marble drop from his nose (Bnff. 1958 Banffshire Advertiser (11 Sept.) 9).

(2) Add quot.: Lnk. 1910 C. Fraser Glengonnar 27:
There were scons wi' currants in them, drappit scons.

drap shot, an irregularity in weaving (Ayr. 1951). See Shot, n.1, 4.

(4) Add quot.: Sh. 1956 Shetland News (20 Nov.):
One of the older members delighted everyone by “drappin' glesses.” This is one of the old Shetland customs which is seldom heard about now-a-days.

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