stirk

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English stirk, sterke, styrke, from Old English stīrc, stȳrc, stȳric, stīorc (calf, a stirk, a young bullock or a heifer), from Proto-Germanic *stiurikaz (bullock), diminutive of Proto-Germanic *steuraz (steer), equivalent to steer +‎ -ock. Cognate with Middle Low German sterke (stirk), Middle Dutch stierick (stirk), German Sterk, Stärke, Stark (stirk). More at steer.

Noun[edit]

stirk (plural stirks)

  1. (UK, Scotland, dialect, dated) A yearling cow; a young bullock or heifer.
    • 1932, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 20:
      he could stop a running stirk by the horns, so strong he was in the wrist-bones.

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