Smeddum

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Smeddum smed′um fine powder: sagacity, spirit, mettle: ore small enough to go through the sieve.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. smedema, fine flour.

Usage

In literature:

Ye micht hae smeddum enough to say Mester Bowden, or Alexander Bowden.
"My Man Sandy" by J. B. Salmond
He'll want smeddum and manly discipline; that's the stuff to make the soldier.
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro
It puts smeddum in your blood!
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
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In poetry:

My sooth! right bauld ye set your nose out,
As plump an grey as onie grozet:
O for some rank, mercurial rozet,
Or fell, red smeddum,
I'd gie you sic a hearty dose o't,
Wad dress your droddum!
"To A Louse" by Robert Burns