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STUIT, v., n. Also stut(t); stoot, stout: steet (n.Sc.). [støt; stut, stʌt; n.Sc. stit]

I. v. To prop, support, shore up (m.Sc. (stut), Abd. (steet) 1808 Jam.; Kcd., Ags. 1971). Ppl.adj. stootit. Abd. 1729 Third S. C. Misc. II. 134:
Glew made here with open trottles full of stouted nets for drying it.
Ags. 1730 Arbroath T. C. Rec. MS. (9 Nov.):
The Neither Mill was failling and that they hade caused stoot the same with the old timber of the pier.
ne.Sc. 1806 R. Jamieson Ballads I. 227:
In the north of Scotland, to steet still signifies to prop, and a steet, a prop.
Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry 218:
Frae her four stuttin' pillars stout.
Ags. 1953:
Fan the upper storey o the house was altered the ruif had tae be stuitit up for the time bein.
Kcd. 1964:
Stootit sun: an appearance in the sky when the rays of the sun seem to be supporting it or propping it up.

II. n. A prop, support, shore, for a beached boat, etc. (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Kcd. 1880 Jam., steet; Cai., Mry. 1956, steet; Kcd., Ags. 1971). See also 1806 quot. above.

[O.Sc. stoot, to prop up, 1638, Mid. Du. stutten, id., Mid. Du., M.L.Ger. stutte, a prop. The forms with [u] suggest influence from or conflation with Stoup.]

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"Stuit v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 Jan 2021 <>



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