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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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BOUK, Book, Bu'k, n.3 Also buik (Sc. 1867 N. Macleod Starling (1881) xviii.). Bulk, size, quantity. Gen.Sc. [buk Sc., but Abd. + bjuk]Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems 35:
Saxty Pounds Scots Is nae deaf Nits: In little Bouk Lie great Bank-Notes.
Sc. 1818 S. Ferrier Marriage II. x.:
Ane canna ca' their head their ain in't; for ye canna lift the bouk o' a prin, but they're a' upon ye.
Sc. 1896 A. Cheviot Proverbs 122:
Gude gear gangs into little bouk.
Ork. 1929 Marw.:
“There's no great b[ook] wi' him noo,” i.e. he has grown thin.
Abd.4 1929:
The bouk o' a bee's blaider, the smallest particle.
Dmf. 1925 W. A. Scott Vern. of Mid-Nithsdale in Trans. Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. 19:
Man, I wadna gie ye the bu'k o' my thoom.

Phr. to bear bouk, to look big (important).Lnk. 1798 D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 108:
But he'll hae naething in his [pack] but . . . some auld breeks . . . maukin skins, ony thing that fills the bag and bears bouk.

[O.Sc. has bouk, boutk, buik, bowlk, n.2, (1) a quantity of some article or merchandise; (2) bulk, size (D.O.S.T.); O.N. būlke, būlki, cargo.]

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