interjection Chiefly Scot.

  1. nonsense; poppycock.

verb (used without object) Chiefly British.

  1. to equivocate; vacillate.

verb (intr) British

  1. to dither
  2. Scot and Northern English dialect to talk nonsense; babble


  1. (usually plural) Scot nonsense

“oats,” Northern English, late 13c., probably from Old Norse hafre, from Proto-Germanic *habron- (cf. Old Norse hafri, Old Saxon havoro, Dutch haver, Old High German habaro, German Haber, Hafer). Buck suggests it is perhaps literally “goat-food” and compares Old Norse hafr “he-goat.” “Haver is a common word in the northern countries for oats.” [Johnson]


“owner, possessor,” late 14c., agent noun from have.

  1. English physician and anatomist known for his studies of the minute structure of bone.
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