tawie

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tawie

  1. (Scotland, of an animal) Docile or tractable to the extent of allowing itself to be handled without complaint.
    • 18th c, Robert Burns, The Auld Farmer's New-Year Salutation to His Auld Mare, Maggie, 1959, Ralph Knight (editor), Songs and Poems of Robert Burns, page 124,
      Tho' ye was trickie, slee, an' funnie, // Ye ne'er was donsie; / But hamely, tawie, quiet, an' cannie, // An' unco sonsie.