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WABBIT, adj. Also wubbit, wappit (m.Sc. 1922 J. Buchan Huntingtower viii.). Exhausted, tired out, played out, feeble, without energy (Per., Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1915–26 Wilson; Ags., Slg., Rnf., Lnk. 1921 T.S.D.C.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Gen. (exc. I.) Sc. Freq. with out (Ags., Fif., Ayr. 1973). Lnk. 1895 W. Stewart Lilts 59:
Braithless, blinded, a' but wabbit, On I sprauchled, heid agee.
Ayr. 1901 Kilmarnock Standard (12 Jan. 1935):
But I maun pu' my pownie in Ere Pegasus be wabbit.
Lnk. 1910 C. Fraser Glengonnar 78:
She sat doon, clean wabbit oot, pechin'.
Ags. 1928 Scots Mag. (May) 145:
You're lookin' fair wubbit. What ails ye the day?
Fif. 1937 St Andrews Cit. (12 June) 7:
The stoutest . . . member of the party was unfortunate enough to attach himself to one of its most vigorous and confessed afterwards to have felt “gey wabbit and puffed oot.”
Gsw. 1950 H. W. Pryde McFlannel Family Affairs 25:
I am feeling a bit wabbit after all that carry-on.
Rxb. 1972 Hawick News (7 Jan.):
The weariness of being fair wabbit is one, I feel, both of the body and the spirit, and comes only after a tremendous output of physical and mental energy.

[Appar. a corrupt form of Wobart, phs. altered by association with Wab, n., 1. (3) (vi) and (x).]

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"Wabbit adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 28 Nov 2021 <>



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