Birkie



an aggressive, independent man.
Historical Examples

Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Various
Spare Hours John Brown
A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
Tales of Our Coast S. R. Crockett
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various
The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown

noun (Scot)
a spirited or lively person
a foolish posturer

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