from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To perform occasional work, when out of constant employment.
  • n. A compositor who has occasional employment in various printing-offices.


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  • This saves the trouble and waste of time in reeling up many yards of line every time a "smout" comes on.

    Scotch Loch-Fishing

  • 'How could a skinny wee smout like that hold so much liquid?'

    Quite Ugly One Morning

  • I never, in the whole course of my life, was fond of lending the sanction of my countenance to any thing that was not canny; and, even when I was a wee smout of a callant, with my jacket and trowsers buttoned all in one,

    The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith

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