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WEEACK, v., n. Also -ak, -o(c)k, -uk, weaick, wyak, waeak, -ock; week, weik. [′wiək, wɑeək; also wik]

I. v. To chirp, squeak, whine, esp. of a young bird or animal, to speak or sing in a thin, squeaky voice (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 208; ne.Sc. 1973); to utter a shrill high-pitched sound, as of a horse neighing or a bull screaming (Mry. 1825 Jam., weeuk, -ak).ne.Sc. a.1725 in Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) IV. 300:
Thou'll fidge, an fyck, an claw thy Niers, An skirl, and wyak.
Abd. 1905 E.D.D.:
What an idiot ye are to waeock at a mousie's weeok.
Kcd. 1932 L. G. Gibbon Sunset Song (1937) 238:
He opened his mouth and weeked like a kitten.
Abd. 1957 Bon-Accord (28 March) 8:
“Sharpie” wid rear twice, weaick an' nicher.
Abd. 1957 People's Jnl. (6 April):
Syne anither brute yokit tae weik an' scrat at the door.

II. n. 1. A squeak, thin high-pitched utterance, of a person or animal, a screech (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Abd. 1973).Abd. 1804 W. Tarras Poems 115:
Something gat up, an' wi' a weeack dire, Gaed flaughtin aff, an' vanish't like a fire.
Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 208:
Sic waeaks as that geet's makin'.

2. A small thin person with a squeaky voice (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 208).

[Imit. Cf. Wheek, and Eng. week, used int.]

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