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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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BA', BAA, BAW, v.1 To lull, to hush a child to sleep. Gen.Sc. [Phon. as Ba',n.1]Sc. 1711 J. Watson (ed.) Choice Coll. (1869) III. 21:
They grap it, they grip it, it greets and they grain; They bed it, they baw it, they bind it, they brace it.Ork. 1922 H. Marwick Antiq. Notes on Sanday, Ork. Antiq. Soc. 29:
Baa the bairns o' Bae-tun, For minno's awa tae Sae-tun.
Combs.: baw-baw and beddie ba', -baa, used in childish language.Slg. 1932 W. D. Cocker Poems 127:
Ay, it's time for baw-baw noo When they've lit the leerie.Ags. 1880 A. M. Soutar Hearth Rhymes 81:
Weary little Clara . . . Comes hame to get to beddie baa.Ags. 1990s Walter Gray Glossary :
Beddie-baa: n., bed, to a child.w.Lth. 1930 R. Morrison in West Lth. Courier (3 Jan.):
Oh cuddle in, ma bairnie, Cuddle in your beddie ba'.
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