Poems and Songs of Robert Burns: Terminology: K

Updated May 6, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
by Robert Burns


Kae, a jackdaw.
Kail, kale, the colewort; cabbage; Scots' broth.
Kail-blade, the leaf of the colewort.
Kail-gullie, a cabbage knife.
Kail-runt, the stem of the colewort.
Kail-whittle, a cabbage knife.
Kail-yard, a kitchen garden.
Kain, kane, rents in kind.
Kame, a comb.
Kebars, rafters.
Kebbuck, a cheese; a kebbuck heel = the last crust of a cheese.
Keckle, to cackle, to giggle.
Keek, look, glance.
Keekin-glass, the looking-glass.
Keel, red chalk.
Kelpies, river demons.
Ken, to know.
Kenna, know not.
Kennin, a very little (merely as much as can be perceived).
Kep, to catch.
Ket, the fleece on a sheep's body.
Key, quay.
Kiaugh, anxiety.
Kilt, to tuck up.
Kimmer, a wench, a gossip; a wife.
Kin', kind.
King's-hood, the 2d stomach in a ruminant (equivocal for the scrotum).
Kintra, country.
Kirk, church.
Kirn, a churn.
Kirn, harvest home.
Kirsen, to christen.
Kist, chest, counter.
Kitchen, to relish.
Kittle, difficult, ticklish, delicate, fickle.
Kittle, to tickle.
Kittlin, kitten.
Kiutlin, cuddling.
Knaggie, knobby.
Knappin-hammers, hammers for breaking stones.
Knowe, knoll.
Knurl, knurlin, dwarf.
Kye, cows.
Kytes, bellies.
Kythe, to show.
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