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STOT, v.2, n.2, adv. Also stott. [stɔt]

I. v. 1. intr. To bounce, rebound, of a ball, etc. (Sc. 1782 J. Sinclair Ob. Sc. Dial. 94, 1808 Jam.; Per., Fif., Lth. 1915–26 Wilson; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Rxb. 1942 Zai). Gen.Sc. Also fig. to jump up, get up with a spring. Derivs. and combs. stotter, stottie ba, stottin ba, a ball that bounces, esp. an india-rubber ball (Bwk. 1942 Wettstein, stotter); stottin bits, scraps of meat used by butchers as make-weights, etc. (Ags. 1967); stottin' man, a boys' game (see 1965 quot.). Ayr. 1790 J. Fisher Poems 149:
Within the same she made it [a ball of yarn] stot.
Peb. 1793 R. D. C. Brown Comic Poems (1817) 131:
Ba's and bools that stott.
Sc. 1821 Blackwood's Mag. (Aug.) 36:
An excellent article of the kind [balls] and famous stotters.
Ayr. 1822 Galt Provost xxxi.:
The bailie, like a bantam cock in a passion, stotted out of his chair with the spunk of a birslet pea.
Sc. 1847 R. Chambers Pop. Rhymes 253:
Stottie ba', hinnie ba', tell to me, How mony bairns am I to hae? — Addressed to a hand-ball by girls, who suppose that they will have as many children as the times they succeed in catching it.
Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xxvii.:
The toddy-bowl stottit aff its bottom.
Lth. 1888 D. Carmichael Cosietattle 287:
Hoo I wanted a guid stottin' ba'.
Kcb. 1901 R. Trotter Gall. Gossip 19:
The pleuch use't tae stot aff the stanes an hoise the pleughman aff his feet.
Gsw. 1904 H. Foulis Erchie xxvii.:
My hert's in a palpitation — jist fair stottin.
Ags. c.1910:
When in the days of plenty the butcher trimmed the meat, he tossed aside the little bits of meat, fat and gristle, and it would be sold as cheap mince. I used often when a school girl to hear the remark, “Huh! Nae winder they get guid claes. They live on stottin bits.”
Edb. 1928 A. D. Mackie Two Tongues 15:
Its echo stottin' frae the castle knowe.
em.Sc. 1946 St Andrews Cit. (1 June) 2:
It is a common expression among poorer customers on entering a butcher's shop to ask for “Threepence worth of stottin' bits.”
Abd. 1950 Huntly Express (28 July) 4:
I stottit efter the back an' sat doon in my ain basket o' eggs.
Rnf. 1965 T. E. Niven East Kilbride 264:
The stottin' man was a game of endurance. The unfortunate loser stood in the centre of a circle of lads who were “cleeked” together by their arms. The stottin' man was then thrown from one to the other, until he sometimes fell violently sick.

2. tr. (1) To cause to bounce or rebound (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Gen. (exc. I.) Sc. Comb. stot-ba, bouncing a ball, as a game. Lth. 1885 J. Strathesk More Bits 32:
Great was the variety of games played with the ball, both by boys and girls, from “Shintie” and “Hails” to “Stot-ba'” and the “bannets.”
Lnk. 1889 I. Darling Poems 76:
Fin' anither place tae stott yer ba'.
Mry. 1897 J. Mackinnon Braefoot Sk. 46:
Every time I “stot” a “'lastic ba'” to the ceiling.
Edb. 1965 J. T. R. Ritchie Golden City 80:
The ball is “stotted,” usually against a wall or on the ground or off a ledge.

(2) To move (an object) downwards one step at a time, to let down by degrees, to edge down little by little. Sc. 1903 Union Mag. (July) 312:
McEwan, unable to carry the heavy coffin ‘stotted' it from step to step down a steep tortuous High Street stair.

(3) To deliver a staggering blow on. Hence stotter, something splendid and desirable, a ‘stunner' (Gsw. 1971).

3. (1) To bounce, raise the body in walking, to walk with a precise, springy or stately step (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 184; ne.Sc., Ags., Per., Kcb. 1971), to go about in an active, bustling manner (Abd. 1971) or with deliberation (Id.). Sc. 1788 Scots Mag. 558:
O'er mony a field I'se warn ye've stottit.
Sc. 1798 Laing MSS. (Hist. MSS. Comm.) II. 659:
Jenny Muir was stotting about the house most cleverly.
Edb. 1844 J. Ballantine Gaberlunzie i.:
He stots aye about, wi' his tongue and his pack.
Rxb. 1847 J. Halliday Rustic Bard 191:
Farmer bodies, awfu' rude, In wrath aboot were stottin'.
Rnf. 1888 J. Nicholson Tibbie's Garland 157:
When oot I stots at e'en to meet the lass that noo's my maik.
Per. 1897 C. M. Stuart Sandy Scott's Bible Class 68:
I was used wi' the stiff clay land, and I could stot after the harrows.
Bnff. 1923 Banffshire Jnl. (24 July) 2:
Weel lat's stot awa' that wye.
m.Sc. 1928 O. Douglas Ann and Her Mother xix.:
Father meekly stotted about.

(2) Of an animal: to bound, go by leaps (Bnff., Ags. 1971). Per. 1898 C. Spence Poems 56:
He oft stottit round the stooks A sister calf to meet.
Ayr. 1901 G. Douglas Green Shutters xxiv.:
See how the stot stots about the ring.

4. To stagger, to walk in an unsteady stumbling manner, from weakness, drink or the like (Sc. 1710 T. Ruddiman Gl. to Douglas Aeneis, 1808 Jam.; Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 184). Gen.Sc. Ppl.adj. stottin, reeling drunk, and in comb. stottin fou, id. (Abd., Ags., Per., Fif., wm.Sc., Dmf. 1971). Abd. 1804 W. Tarras Poems 69:
As to the fire he stottit thro' The gutters clypin frae him.
Edb. 1844 J. Ballantine Miller vi.:
The auld man stots wi' the stoup for water.
Ags. 1872 J. Kennedy Jock Craufurt 98:
He sent him stottin' to the wa,.
Lnk. 1895 W. Stewart Lilts 23:
Get up an' sen' him hame, he's stottin' fu'.
Abd. 1920 C. Murray Country Places 5:
It wouldna be seemly ava Stottin' hame in day-licht.
Gsw. 1930 F. Niven Three Marys v.:
Oh, here comes Mr. Ian stottin' fou.
Rnf. 1935 L. Kerr Woman of Glenshiels viii.:
He was drunk as a lord . . . stotting a' ower the place.
Cai. 1961 “Castlegreen” Tatties an' Herreen' 3:
He'd been at e' seile in Thirsa an' wis coman' hom' fair stottan'.

5. To stutter or stammer in speech (Sc. 1880 Jam.; Ork. 1929 Marw., Ork. 1971). Edb. 1788 J. Macaulay Poems 115:
Wha disna find Affliction's hammer? It gars us a' whiles stot an' stammer.
Ayr. 1870 J. K. Hunter Life Studies 65:
It was the first time he had ever appeared in public to address any audience, and he stotted and stammered sairly.
Ork. 1956 C. M. Costie Benjie's Bodle 171:
Willie stots a bit, an' the doctor could mak' naetheen o' im ava.

II. n. 1. A bounce, rebound, the act of rebounding (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Per., Fif., Lth. 1915–26 Wilson; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Gen. (exc. I). Sc. Also fig.; the game of bouncing a ball; a bound, leap, spring, hop in a dance. Phrs. on the stot, on the rebound, to play stot, to bounce, bump. Adj. stottie, bouncing (Rxb. 1971, a stottie ba). Abd. 1801 W. Beattie Parings (1813) 14:
He keeped ay the set an' reel Throw a' the stots.
Ayr. 1822 Galt Provost xxxix.:
To bounce out with a grand stot and strut before the world.
Sc. 1859 Sporting Mag. (Oct.) 237:
The little bay at every third or fourth stride giving a proud little stot.
Ayr. 1890 J. Service Notandums 25:
He played stot against the door-cheek.
Sc. 1914 Scot at Hame (1 Oct.) 5:
Catchin' ye, on the stot, as it were.
Sc. 1956 Scotsman (21 Feb.):
The “stots” or bounces of the ball left round, clear, grassy spots.
Ags. 1962 D. Phillips Lichty Nichts 20:
Ball games were out of course (although girls did occasionally play stotts).

2. A sharp recoiling blow, a smart rap (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Ags., Dmf. 1971). Ayr. 1822 Galt Steam-boat viii.:
She set it down with a stot.
Ayr. 1890 J. Service Notandums 73:
He taks him a fung i' the ribs and a stot on the nose.

3. A sudden erratic movement, a fitful motion; a stumble, stagger (Cld. 1880 Jam.); transf., occas. in pl., the stots, a whim, crotchet, a pet or fit of sulks or contrariness (Rnf. c.1850 Crawfurd MSS. (N.L.S.) S.157; Abd. 1921 T.S.D.C.; Sh. 1971). Phr. by stots and bangs, by fits and starts (Mry. 1921 T.S.D.C.). Mry. 1921 T.S.D.C.:
Fat stot's he taen intae his heid the day?
Abd. 1928 N. Shepherd Quarry Wood v.:
But ye aye did a' thing by stots an' bangs.
Sh. 1933 J. Nicolson Hentilagets 17:
We cöst-oot aftin, an took kind o stotts.

4. (1) The beat of a tune, the rhythm of speech or dance, the regular relation between time and motion by which a thing is done, the go or swing of any activity (ne.Sc., Per. 1971); routine, measured pace. Sc. 1711 J. Watson Choice Coll. III. 51:
He that tynes a Stot o' the Spring, Shall pay the Piper a Pennie.
Bnff. 1782 Caled. Mercury (14 Aug.):
Ay noddan sae's ti lat fouk ken Ti keep the stot.
Abd. 1832 W. Scott Poems 93:
As for oursel's, sin' Eve shook out her head, We've tint the stot o' love right sair indeed.
Bwk. 1897 R. M. Calder Poems 226:
But tho' mony a clyte we got, We were up an' on the stot.
Abd. 1914 J. Cranna Fraserburgh 135:
Keepin' stot wi heed and buik, He warstled wi' the air.
Abd. 1955 W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick xxx.:
Foo's things dyaan wi ye, Mains, noo't ye've gotten sattlt doon again i' the aal stot?

(2) The sequence of events in a narrative, the details, the outs-and-ins, the thread of a speech or story. Fif. 1893 G. Setoun Barncraig ii.:
I had the whole stots o't frae Black Tam Himsel'.
e.Lth. 1908 J. Lumsden Th' Loudons 245:
Some o' thae freen's will doubtless tell Thee a' the stotts they ken themsel'.
Abd. 1920 T. McWilliam Light & Shadow 129:
Wheesht 'umman, I've lost the stot o't.
Fif. 1932 M. Bell Pickles & Ploys 27:
Let me gi'e ye a' the stots aboot our performance.

(3) Phr. aff (o') the (one's) stot, out of the rhythm of a tune or dance, losing the thread of one's discourse, out of the regular pace or motion of any activity, off one's stride (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; ne., em.Sc.(a), wm.Sc., s.Sc. 1971); off the mark, astray, in error; unusual, out of the ordinary (Watson); out of one's usual routine or temper. Lnk. 1895 W. C. Fraser Whaups xiv.:
He couldna but gie in that I wasna sae far off the stot after a'.
Slk. 1899 C. M. Thomson Drummeldale 23:
She's a gey kittle yin yon new tuin I was tryin' the day; an', man, div 'e ken, yince I gaed fairly off the stot.
Bnff.2 1929:
The aul' boy's gey girnie the day; something's knockit him aff o' the stot.
Abd. 1935 J. White Sea Road x.:
What was the use of his being put off his stot so long as he could continue to lead his normal existence.
Mry. 1959 Bulletin (7 March):
Beasts, like humans, hate being put “off their stot.”

5. A stroll, saunter (Bnff. 1971). Abd. 1932 R. L. Cassie Scots Sangs 47:
We micht tak' a stot oot the Banff road.
Abd. 1955 W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick ii.:
A jist thocht A wid tak a bit stot roon tae see gin ye wis needin howkin oot.

6. A stammer, stutter, impediment in speech (Cld. 1880 Jam.; Ork. 1971). Adj. stotty, stammering. Sc. 1885 Life Stevenson (Balfour 1922) 223:
The wersh, sapless, fushionless, stotty, stytering South Scotch they [the English] think sae muckle o'.
Ork. 1920:
He had a stot in his speech.

7. A hindrance, obstacle, a stand-still (Cld. 1880 Jam.).

III. adv. With a rebound, with a bouncing thump (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 184). Gen.Sc., freq. in phrs. to come, gang stot; with a tottering step (Id.). Per. a.1843 J. Stewart Sketches (1857) 28:
Awa to the green she gaes stappie and stot.
Abd. 1918 W. Mutch Hev ye a Spunk 7:
He tellt fou she had rung his lug An' garred him fair gang stot.
Slg. 1932 W. D. Cocker Poems 16:
The hailstanes like plunkers cam' stot.

[O.Sc. stot, a bounce, to rebound, 1513, rhythm, c.1590. Immediate orig. uncertain, phs. partly a variant of Mid.Eng. stut, to stutter, to stumble, partly ad. Du. stooten, to push, butt, to recoil (of a gun), to bump, stumble against, of gen. Teut. orig. Cf. O.N. stauta, steyta, Dan. støde, Ger. stossen, to push, thrust, butt.]

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