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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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DOLL, n.1 Also †dool, †dowl. 1. A portion, large piece (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 39, doll; Bnff.2, Abd.2, Abd.9 1940). Dim. form doolick (Ags. c.1900.) 2. esp. of dung (Bnff., Abd. 1900 E.D.D.); “applied exclusively to that of pigeons; called Dows'-Doll” (Bnff. 1825 Jam.2); cf. Dall, n.21. Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems 211:
A Doll of rost Beef pypin het.
Fif. 1825 Jam.2:
Dowls of cheese.
Fif. 1883 W. D. Latto Bodkin Papers 83:
We wad be lickin' oor lips ower a dowl o' whaule's blubber.
Rnf. 1788 E. Picken Poems, etc. 43:
I hae a sonsy dool o' cheese.
2. Bnff. 1949 Bnffsh. Jnl. (1 Nov.):
A doll o' dirt at ilka door And most unceevil people.

[Appar. variant forms of Eng. dole. For ne.Sc. form, however, cf. also Sh. djoll (Jak.), lump, Norw. dial. dall, hard lump, dalla, round figure, and Dall, n.2]

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