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birkie

[bur-kee; Scot. bir-kee]
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noun Scot.
  1. an aggressive, independent man.

Origin of birkie

First recorded in 1715–25; of uncertain origin
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Examples from the Web for birkie

Historical Examples

  • Oh, said he, looking awkward, I didna want Birkie to ken he was tied.

    Spare Hours

    John Brown

  • Birkie, birk′i, n. a strutting or swaggering fellow: a fellow generally.

  • Ye shall never say that Robin of Airyolan roguit ony man,—even a feckless toon's birkie wi' bandy legs!'

    Tales of Our Coast

    S. R. Crockett

  • She was nine-and-twenty, and a birkie woman of nine-and-twenty can make a good husband out of very unpromising material.

  • It wad be better telling ye to answer ceevilly a ceevil question, my birkie.

    A Daughter of Raasay

    William MacLeod Raine


British Dictionary definitions for birkie

birkie

noun Scot
  1. a spirited or lively person
  2. a foolish posturer

Word Origin

C18: perhaps related to Old English beorcan to bark; compare Old Norse berkia
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