Things in Scots #7: Stookie

Welcome to day seven of Things in Scots!—a fun collaboration with my husband, Jez (Mind an gie Jez’s post a keek.)

This post is inspired by a comment left by Chris. She mentioned a couple of her fave Scots words, one of which is one of mine. That word is stookie.

What Does Stookie Mean?

Stookie means several things, but the first meaning that springs to mind—for me, at least—is a plaster cast.

Jez in a stookie after breaking his ankle.

Other meanings for stookie:

  • A plaster statue
  • A slow-witted, dull person
  • Standing motionless
  • To hit hard
  • Headbutt (This isn’t in the Dictionar o the Scots Leid, but it was a common meaning when I was a kid.)
  • Stookies: A game where you have to stand like a statue while others prod, pull, and tease you into reacting. I also remember a version where we ran around until the person who was “it” told us to freeze, and the first to move became “it.”

Ah’m gonnae stookie ye!

In Inglis: I’m going to headbutt you!

If you want to ken the Scots for anything, just ask in the comments section.

Thenks fur stoapin by, and hae a wunnerfu day.

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