The following are culled from the well-known and useful book, Jamieson's "Scottish Dictionary":


A small bit of rag, rolled up and put between the handle of a pot and the hook which suspends it over the fire, to raise it a little. - Roxb.


A handful of straw, with or without corn upon it, or of reaped grain, laid on the ground by the reaper without being put into a sheaf (Roxb., Dumfr.). Perhaps from the Belg. word katt-en, to throw, the handful of corn being cast on the ground; whence kaf, a small anchor.


The name given to a bit of wood, a horn, or anything which is struck in place of a ball in certain games.

To Cat A Chimney

To enclose a vent by the process called Cat and Clay (Teviotd.).

Cat And Clay

The materials of which a mud wall is constructed in many parts of S. Straw and clay are well wrought together, and being formed into pretty large rolls, are laid between the different wooden posts by means of which the wall is formed, and carefully pressed down so as to incorporate with each other, or with the twigs that are sometimes plaited from one post to another (S.).

Cat And Dog

The name of an ancient sport (S.). It seems to be an early form of Cricket. (Query, is this the same as Cat and Trap? )


1. The name given to the strong hook used on the inside of a door or gate, which, being fixed to the wall, keeps it shut. 2. A chain drawn across a street for defence in time of war. Germ., kette, a chain, and band.

Cat-Fish, Sea-Cat

The sea-wolf (S.). Anarhicas lupus (Linn.) Sw., haf-cat - i.e. sea-cat - Sibbald.


Thread fucus, or sea laces. Fucus filum (Linn.), Orkney, "Neill's Tour."


"They draw the Cat-Harrow " - that is, they thwart one another. - Loth. Ang., Lyndsey.


A finer species of heath, low and slender, growing more in separate, upright stalks than the common heath, and flowering only at the top (Aberd.).


1. The name given to the loop-holes or narrow openings in the wall of a barn (S.). 2. A sort of niche in the wall of a barn, in which keys and other necessaries are deposited in the inside, where it is not perforated.


The name given to a large stone, which serves as a back to a fire on the hearth in the house of a cottager (Dumfr.). Sw. G., kaette, denotes a small cell or apartment, which corresponds to the form of the country fireside; also a bed; a pen. Hud might seem allied to Teut. huyd-en, conservare, as the stone is meant to guard this enclosure from the effects of the fire.


Small catgut strings for musical instruments, also a kind of knife used in surgery.


1. A very short distance as to space (S.); q. as far as a cat may leap (Hogg). 2. A moment; as, "I'se be wi' ye in a catloup" - i.e., instantly. "I will be with you as quickly as a cat can leap."


"To tumble the calmaw," to go topsy-turvy, to tumble (S. B.).


An herbaceous plant (Mentha felina), that cats delight to roll on.

Cats Carriage

The same play that is otherwise called the "King's Cushion," q.v. {Loth.).

Cats Cradle

A plaything for children, made of packthread on the fingers of one person, and transferred from them to those of another (S.).

Cats Crammocks

Clouds like hairs streaming from an animal's tail (Shetland).

Cats Hair

1. The down that covers unfledged birds (Fife); synon. Paddockhair. 2. The down on the face of boys before the beard grows (S.). 3. Applied also to the thin hair that often grows on the bodies of persons in bad health (S.).


The mica of mineralogists (S.); the katzen silber of the vulgar in Germany. Teut., katten silver, amianlus, mica, vulgo argentum felium; Kilian.

Cats Lug

The name given to the Auricula ursi - Linn. (Roxburgh.).

Cats Stairs

A plaything for children, made of thread, small cord, or tape, which is so disposed by the hands as to fall down like steps of a stair (Dumfr., Gall.).

Cats Tone

One of the upright stones which support a grate, there being one on each side (Roxb.). Since the introduction of Carron grates these stones are found in kitchens only. The term is said to originate from this being the favourite seat of the cat. See Catstone (English).


The flat top of the Catstone (ibid.).


The projections of the stones in the slanting part of a gable (Roxb.). Corbie-steps, synon.


Hare's Tail Rush (Eriophorum vaginatum). Linn. Mearns; also called Canna-down, Cat Tails (Galloway).

Catten-Clover, Cat-In-Clover

The Lotus (South of S.). Sw., Katt-klor (Cat's Claws).


1. Catarrh (Bellenden). 2. A supposed disease of the fingers from handling cats.


A broil, a quarrel (Fife). Teut, kaier, a he-cat, and boetse, rendered cavillatio, q., "a cat's quarrel."


Harebrained, unsettled; q., having the wits of a cat (S.).


A North-country name for a cat, male or female.


Sharp; kitten-like.

"His kitling eyes begin to run Quite through the table where he spies The horns of paperie butterflys."

Herrick, Hesperides.


State of being a kitten.

"For thou art as beautiful as ever a cat That wantoned in the joy of kittenhood."

Southey. Kittenish, kitten-like.

"Such a kittenish disposition in her, I called it; . . . the love of playfulness." - Richardson.

Kit, Or Kitten

A young cat. A young cat is a kitten until it is full-grown, then kittenhood ceases.

A school-boy being asked to describe a kitten, replied: "A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing like mad at nothing whatever, and generally stopping before it gets there."

Puss Gentleman

An effeminate man - Davis, Glossary.

"I cannot talk with civet in th' room, A fine puss gentleman that's all perfume."

Cowper's Conversations.