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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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DOWT, n. A cigarette-end (Lnk. 1928 (per Ayr.4)); a half-smoked cigarette (Gsw., Ayr. 2000s). Also dote (Arg. 1932 (per Arg.1)), dout, doubt. [dʌut, dot]Arg. 1992:
Nae smokin in here? There's a dote lyin on the flair
Gsw. 1948 Glasgow Herald (6 Sept.):
To his standard equipment of pipe, pouch, and cigarette case, he has now added a little tin box for dowts.
Gsw. 1990 Alan Spence The Magic Flute (1991) 18:
'Told you he'd have some,' [cigarettes] he said. 'Two fags and a dout.'
Gsw. 1998 Alan Spence Way to Go (1999) 15:
Finally I asked my father, one night in the kitchen when we'd finished our tea. At first my father said nothing, sat smoking his cigarette down to the doubt.

[From Eng. dial. dout, to put out, extinguish, from do + out.]

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