One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjectiveIrish English, English Regional, Scottish, Northern
1English regional (northern) and Irish English (northern). Untidy; dusty, dirty.
2Irish English (northern), Scottish and English regional (northern and midlands). Of a person: suffering from the effects of inhaling flax dust.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Brockett (bap. 1788, d. 1842), antiquary. From pouce + -y.
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