Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
PAUCHLE, v.2, n.2 Also pawchle; paghle; pyauchle, and reduced form pyach. [pǫxl, pɑxl]
I. v. 1. Freq. with alang, awa, on, etc.: to move feebly but persistently, to shuffle, hobble (Uls. 1965); to struggle along, make slow and painful progress, move painfully forward (Slk. 1965). Also used fig.Ags. 1880 Montrose Characters 138:
That's Bob o' the Bell ye see Gaun pauchlin' alang the pave.Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
Pauchlin' on i' the heat of the day.Abd. 1932 R. L. Cassie Scots Sangs 25:
We pauchle on, we peenge an' pine For want o' wordies wee.
2. To struggle, strive, contend, expend effort and energy. Ppl.adj. pauchled, worn-out, exhausted, drained of all energy.Kcb. 1921 T.S.D.C.:
Why should I pyauchle wi' im ony mair.wm.Sc. 1937 W. Hutcheson Chota Chants 4:
A gey auld gaberlunzie man, Sair pauchled wi' muckle toil.Fif. 1958:
Jist pauchlin awa — just struggling along, doing the best we can.
3. To work in an ineffectual way, to bungle, potter, trifle; also with awa (Fif., Lth. 1965). Ppl.adj. pochlin, awkward, inefficient, bungling; agent n. pauchler, a clumsy, unskilful person, a bungler, “foozler” (Fif. 1949; Gsw. 1965).
II. n. 1. A state of confusion, a flurry, a disorganized state of affairs. Also shortened form pyach (Mry. 1958). Phrs. a pauchle o' trouble, id. (Uls 1965), to be in a pauchle, to be in a chaotic disorganized state, behind with one's work, in a muddle (Mry., Fif., Uls. 1965).
2. A feeble old creature, a frail, tottering old body (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 376), also pawchlie, id. (Sc. 1911 S.D.D.); a stupid person, a simpleton, “a person of low stature, rather silly” (Mac Taggart, pawchle).Uls. 1907 R. Mayne Turn of Road i.:
Robbie John's an idle useless paghle.
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