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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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PUD, n.1 Also pood, pod.

1. A small neat person or animal, “a little fat man” (Mry. 1925; Uls. 1966), “a plump or lusty child” (Sc. 1808 Jam., pud s.v. Pod), a term of endearment for a child or small squat animal (Fif., Lnl., Lnk. 1966). Hence podsy, adj., plump, squat. Comb. shaky-pud, a nickname for a little fat person (Bwk. 1942 Wettstein). Cf. Pudge.w.Lth. c.1700 T. J. Salmon Borrowstounness (1913) 446:
Two vagabond boys called the Pods.
Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 131:
Sic a dear pod o' a loonie.
Fif. 1894 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xxx.:
A little fat, podsy body, wi' . . . a paunch hoaved oot wi' roast beef an' maut liquor.

2. A name given to a pigeon (Per. 1903 E.D.D., pod; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Rxb. 1942 Zai, pood; Ags., Per. 1966). Also used as a call-name. Dim. form poodie, id. (Watson, Rxb. 1966), puddie (Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 262). Comb. pud-dow, puddie-doo, id. (Lth., Rxb. 1825 Jam.), a tame pigeon (Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 262; Per., Fif. 1966).Per. 1935 W. Soutar Poems 40:
She breisted like a puddy-doo.

[Phs. merely extended senses of pud, Puddin, n. But cf. also Eng. podgy, pudsy, plump, tubby, of doubtful, prob. imit., orig. Some etymologists postulate a root *pud- meaning to swell, bulge. See N.E.D. note to Pudding.]

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