Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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YACKLE, n., v. Also yak(k)el, yakle, yaakil; yachel (Cai.); jak(ke)l (Jak.); and altered (? erron.) forms yakee (Ork. 1808 Jam.; Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.), yattle. [jɑkl]

I. n. 1. A molar tooth, a grinder (Sh. 1825 Jam., 1908 Jak. (1928), 1914 Angus Gl.; Ork. 1929 Marw.; Cai. 1931; I.Sc. 1974). Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 131:
Sheu closed her e'en, her yakels grand.
Sh. 1886  J. Burgess Sketches 113:
Yackles 'at never kent what teethache wis.
Ork. 1908  Old-Lore Misc. I. viii. 319:
Siccan mooth-foos o' as wad ding da yackles oot o' a yearald golt.

2. Small white clouds, shaped somewhat like teeth (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1974).

II. v. To gnaw, chew (I.Sc. 1974), phs. confused with Yaggle. Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 62:
The geudman yackled on a piece o the mulls a lang time.

[Norw. dial. jakle, more commonly jaksle, O.N. jaxl, a molar. Cf. also Yaggle, and Assle-tuith.]

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