Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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STROOD, n. Also .stroud, strud(e). [strud]

1. A suit (of clothes), an outfit (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., a stroud o' claes; Ork. 1929 Marw.; I.Sc., Cai. 1971). Sh. 1879  Shetland Times (22 March):
His new strood, an' his newly-kivered hat.
Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 98:
Like hilltrow boon i siller strood.
Sh. 1886  G. Temple Britta 100:
Britta an' da wife's dress'd him in his strood o' dead-claes.
Ork. 1924  P. Ork. A.S. II. 78:
The head-dress worn with this russet “strood” was what was then called the “Scotch bannet.”
Sh. 1953  New Shetlander No. 35. 20:
Flesh an bloed's a strood we hae ta Sair wis wi.

2. A complete set of anything, esp. in regard to boat or fishing gear; in pl. the sails (Ork. 1929 Marw.; Sh. 1971) or the shrouds or mast-ropes of a ship (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.). Comb. strood-bore, one of a number of holes amidships in the sides of a boat for securing from the outside the rigging from the mast (Sh. 1962). Sh. 1896  J. Burgess Lowra Biglan 50:
I couldna stand yun oagin troo da stroods at nicht.
Sh. 1898  Shetland News (23 April, 24 Dec.):
A watter made aboot da after strood bore an' in he cam green an' slokked oot da fire kettle. . . . Dey wir gotten twa strood o' smonge.
Sh. 1904  E.D.D.:
A strood o' bait, enough to bait a complete strood of lines.

3. The twine which fastens the tippin or hair-loop to the main cord of a fishing-line, the Snuid (Mry., Fif. 1951).

4. An old worn-out shoe. Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 79:
The stroods, that the barmen the barley wi' kaved, Gaed clampering through the bonello.

[Phs. an altered form of Eng. shroud, †a suit of clothes, shroud, the rigging of a ship, which may be same word, or of the cogn. Scand. form, Norw. skrud, ornament, attire, O.N. skrúð, tackle, gear, furnishings. 4. may be a different word.]

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"Strood n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jun 2019 <>



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