peerie

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

peerie (comparative peerier, superlative peeriest)

  1. (chiefly Shetland and Orkney) Small, tiny.

Noun[edit]

peerie (plural peeries)

  1. A Shetland sheepdog.
  2. Alternative form of peery (spinning top)

Scots[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Unknown.

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

peerie (comparative peerier, superlative peeriest)

  1. (Orkney, Shetland) small, little, tiny
Derived terms[edit]
Usage notes[edit]
  • In modern Orcadian Scots, peedie gradually replaces this term.

Etymology 2[edit]

From peer (pear) +‎ -ie, due to the resemblance of some spinning tops to pears.

Noun[edit]

peerie (plural peeries)

  1. A spinning top.
Descendants[edit]
  • English: peery

References[edit]

  • peerie” in the Dictionary of the Scots Language, Edinburgh: Scottish Language Dictionaries.
  • Flaws, Margaret; Lamb, Gregor (1996) The Orkney Dictionary, Kirkwall, Orkney: Orkney Language and Culture Group, published 2001, →ISBN