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SWEETIE, n. Also sweety, †sweitie. [′switi]

1. A sweet, confection, sugar lozenge, caramel, etc. (Sc. 1782 J. Sinclair Ob. Sc. Dial. 151). Gen.Sc. Now occas. in Eng. usage. Used fig. in phr. to work for sweeties, to work for a pittance (Ags., Gsw. 1972). Sc. 1705 Foulis Acct. Bk. (S.H.S.) 380:
For sweities to m.b.'s oy . . . 8s.
Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 245:
To wrap up Snuff, or Sweeties, in a Shap.
Sc. 1794 Abd. Book-Lover IV. 64:
She parades thro' the Market and throws over sweeties to the Mob.
Edb. 1825 R. Chambers Traditions I. 235:
He had his pocket full of sweeties.
Ayr. 1838 J. Morrison M'Ilwham Papers 15:
The presents and sweeties for the bairns.
Sh. 1886 J. Burgess Sketches 43:
Here's dee a sweetie.
Fif. 1898 S. Tytler Mrs Carmichael's Goddesses xii.:
So long as there are brats of bairns, sweeties will be wanted.
Abd. 1929 J. Alexander Mains & Hilly 24:
He got three buttons an' a sweetie in's ladle the idder Sunday.
Ags. 1947 J. B. Salmond Toby Jug ii.:
Margit could not spend her shilling on the Misses Fergusson's sweeties.

Combs.: (1) Aberdeen sweetie, fig., a sharp tap on the head with a flick of the thumb (Sc. 1896 A. Cheviot Proverbs 37; Mry., Bnff. 1972); (2) readin sweetie, a conversation lozenge (I.Sc., Ayr., Kcb., Rxb. 1972). See also Read, v. 1. (ii); (3) sweetie-bench, a sweet-stall at a fair, etc.; (4) sweetie-bool(ie), a round sweet of the boiling variety (Abd. 1972). See Bool, n.1, 4; (5) sweetie-booth, = (3); (6) sweetie-bottle, a glass jar for holding sweets; (7) sweetie-bun, a bun baked with various sweetmeats or with raisins (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Sh. 1972); (8) sweeticook, -kuk, a cake or bun coated with sugar (Sh. 1904 E.D.D.), representing Du. zoete koek, sweet cake or bun; (9) sweetie-fair, a fair where confectionery is sold; (10) sweetie-fole, a kind of parkin biscuit sprinkled over with sugar-coated carraway seeds (Ork. 1971); (11) sweetie-laif, -loaf, = (7) (Sc. 1825 Jam.); (12) sweetie-man, a confectioner, a sweet-vendor (Sc. 1825 Jam.). Gen.Sc.; (13) sweetie-merchant, id.; (14) sweetie-pock, a bag of sweets (I.Sc., Cai., m.Sc. 1972); (15) sweetie-scon(e), -skon, = (7); (16) sweetie-shop, a sweet-shop. Gen.Sc.; (17) sweetie-stance, a sweet-stall at a fair. See Stance; (18) sweetie-stan(d), id. (Abd., Per. 1972); (19) sweetie-vender, = (12); (20) sweetie-wife, a female sweet-seller (Sc. 1825 Jam.). Gen.Sc. Also transf. a garrulous gossipy person, freq. of a man (Cai., Inv., m. and s.Sc. 1972) (see 1963 quot.); †(21) sweety-wig(gy), = (7). See Wig, n.2 (2) Slk. 1892 W. M. Adamson Betty Blether 33:
A big pock o' readin' sweeties.
(3) Ags. 1790 D. Morison Poems 18:
Rob tak's them to a sweety bench Where a' thing's fit for eatin'.
(4) Abd. 1955 W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick xxiv.:
'E stappit a sweetie bool in o' his mou'.
Abd. 1963 J. C. Milne Poems 77:
Faur's Maggie Mitchell? Tint her sweetie boolie?
(5) Fif. 1867 St Andrews Gaz. (20 July):
Great numbers of ‘sweetie booths,' stands, licensed beer stalls, &c.
(6) Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) 134:
The lid o' a sweetie-bottle.
Kcb. 1895 Crockett Bog-Myrtle 332:
The row of sweetie-bottles.
Abd. 1926 E. Duthie Three Short Plays 10:
Ma laddie will ha' teemed the sweetie bottles.
(7) Abd. 1801 Session Papers, Downie v. Calder (9 June 1810) 7:
I send you a small sweety bun.
Ags. 1822 Caled. Mag. I. 412:
The excellent tea-bread, commonly called sweety-bunn.
(8) Sh. 1877 G. Stewart Fireside Tales 154:
I wiss I hed minded ta ax him for sweeti-cooks.
(9) Lnk. 1867 J. M. Peacock Reverie 179:
An' life itsel' was love, an' like A simmer sweetie-fair.
(11) Abd. 1777 E. Bain Merchant Guilds (1887) 229:
Complimenting their customers with sweetie loaves at Christmas.
Sc. a.1825 Receipts in Cookery 4:
For a Fruit, or sweetyloaf. Take four pounds of fine flour, etc. Mix the rest of the dough with a pound and a half of currants, and as many raisins.
Abd. 1929 K. E. Trail Reminisc. Old Aberdeen (1952) 52:
The Christmas dainties — shortbread or “sweetie loaf.”
(12) Kcd. 1813 G. Robertson Agric. Kcd. 406:
The sweety-men, or confectioners.
Ags. 1892 A. Reid Howetoon 160:
Cheap Johns, photographers, and “sweetie-men.”
m.Lth. 1894 P. H. Hunter J. Inwick 90:
Like a wheen bairns, stan'in afore the sweetyman's windy.
(13) Fif. 1898 S. Tytler Mrs Carmichael's Goddesses xii.:
No other merchant would have dreamt of receiving a sweetie-merchant.
(14) Clc. 1882 J. Walker Poems 81:
In's hauns twa crimson sweetie pocks.
(15) Sc. 1808 Jam. s.v. Yule:
A sweetie-skon, or a loaf enriched with raisins, currants, and spiceries.
Sc. 1841 R. T. Hampson Med. Aevi Kalend. I. 107:
The Scottish custom of presenting what the common people term a Sweetieskon (on Boxing Day).
Abd. 1909 J. Tennant Jeannie Jaffray 66:
Gi'e them a sweetie scone.
(16) Edb. 1875 J. Ballantine Gaberlunzie 9:
A dim and dingy sweety shop.
Ayr. 1901 G. Douglas Green Shutters v.:
His grannie keepit a sweetie-shop in Strathbungo.
Rxb. 1917 Southern Reporter (24 May):
Occupied as a sweetie shop by the Misses Adamson.
Sc. 1948 M. Lochhead Sc. Household in 18th c. 214:
The wee sweetie-shop was not yet part of the social scene.
(17) Per. 1897 C. R. Dunning Folk-Lore 8:
Saxpence fae ilka sweetie-stance in the toon-loan.
(18) Abd. 1860 Banffshire Jnl. (31 Jan.) 6:
I saw him on the Market day, Aside a sweetie stan.
Fif. 1873 J. Wood Ceres Races 9:
The sweety-stand wives lauch an' craw.
Lnk. 1876 J. Nicholson Kilwuddie 71:
Sweetie stan's an' lang nit barrows.
Wgt. 1877 G. Fraser Sketches 276:
The numerous sweetie-stands that adorned High Street.
(19) Lth. 1856 J. Ballantine Poems 301:
Sweety venders, gingerbread huxters.
(20) Sc. 1793 Lockhart Scott vii.:
A “sweetie wife” (that is, an itinerant vendor of gingerbread, etc.).
Ayr. 1822 Galt Provost xviii.:
Along rank of sweety-wives and their stands.
Abd. 1836 J. Grant Tales of Glens 103:
All the ballad singers, sweetie-wives, and cadgers of the district.
Per. 1898 C. Spence Poems 77:
Like bairns round sweetie-wives fleechin' for fairin'.
Gall. 1928 Gallov. Annual 88:
Ye are bletherin' like a sweety-wife!
Dmf. 1963 J. Littlejohn Westrigg 130:
A man who chatters is contemptuously called a “sweetiewife” by both sexes.
(21) Abd. 1781 W. Edwards Poems (1810) 56:
Here I hae buns, an' sweety wigs.
Abd. 1881 W. Paul Past and Present 128:
A sweety wiggy an' a mutton ham.

2. As a term of affection or endearment: darling, sweet one. Now also U.S. Gsw. 1886 A. Murdoch Readings i. 16:
Eh, ye sly auld sweetie; ye're tryin' to fish anither compliment frae me.
Kcb. 1901 R. Trotter Gall. Gossip 50:
“Let me tak ye in my airms an' kiss that bonnie mou'.” “O do, Johnie, sweetie!”

3. Transf. A considerable sum of money, a stiff price, a pretty penny (ne.Sc. 1972). Abd. 1903 Weekly Free Press (8 Aug.):
Aw'm thinkin' it cost them a sweetie t' bide at the Strath.
Bnff. 1920 S. W. Mayer Margaret Macfarlane's Fortune 22:
They've cost a gey sweetie, I'm thinkin'.
Abd. 1966:
Ye'd had tae pey a sweetie for that, na?

[Dim. of Sweet, or poss. in 1. reduced from sweetmeat.]

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