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nounEnglish Regional, Scottish, Northern
1A heavy blow or thump; a thud. Now somewhat rare.
2A piece or portion of something, especially one without a definite or regular shape; a lump, a chunk.
verbEnglish Regional, Scottish, Northern
1with object To strike with a heavy blow or thump; to knock, beat; to shake by knocking or beating.
2To fall with a thud or bang; to be bumped or knocked about.
3With about. To wander or travel idly or without specific purpose.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in James Dalrymple (fl. c1596). Imitative of a dull thudding sound<br>late 16th century; earliest use found in John Knox (c1514–1572), religious reformer. Imitative of a dull thudding sound.
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