Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

TRACK, n.1, v.1 Sc. usages:

I. n. 1. A trench (Sc. 1952 Builder (20 June) 943; n.Sc., em.Sc.(b), wm., sm.Sc. 1972).

2. In comb. track-iron, in golf: a round-headed club with a concave face formerly in use when a ball lay in a difficult position, as in a cart-track or the like. Edb. 1862 Rambling Remarks (Chambers) 18:
The Niblick, or Track-iron, is of very important service when the ball lies in a narrow cart-rut, horseshoe, or other print in sand, thick and stiff whins, or in any round deep hollow not altogether beyond the player's reach.

II. v. 1. To train or break in a young animal, accustom it to obeying orders, esp. in ploughing (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 195; ne.Sc. 1972). Also transf. of human beings (Id.). Vbl.n. trackin, training (Id.). Bnff. 1907 Bnff. Jnl. (13 Oct. 1953):
He trackit one of the cows and did the ploughing with them.
Abd. 1912 J. Stephen Donside Lilts 7:
They ilky year an ox did track To help tae haul the ploo.
Bnff. 1930:
We'll need to make a start at the trackin' of the beastie.
Abd. 1947:
Trackin a young loon to clerk at the station.
Abd. 1955 W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick vi.:
Eppie's ower easy wi' im. The bairn wunts trackin.

2. Only in phr. sae-track-dee-wa, keep your distance (Ork. 1929 Marw.), be off with you. Cf. Eng. slang and U.S. track, to make one's way, pass, and Wey.

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Track n.1, v.1". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 28 Nov 2021 <https://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/track_n1_v1>

24646

snd

Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

    Loading...

Share: