One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounNorthern English, Scottish
- ‘As far as my own garden is concerned, there is a saying that ‘the soutar's bairns are the worst shod’ and in gardening terms that could apply to me.’
- ‘The balls were probably made by a souter (a shoemaker or cobbler), whose stitching skills were essential to producing a good ball.’
- ‘An interlude follows in which are described the adventures of Chastity among humbler folks, a tailor, a soutar, and their wives.’
Old English sūtere, from Latin sutor, from suere ‘sew’.
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