Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A foolish or thoughtless young person, esp. a slothful or slovenly woman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A foolish or thoughtless young woman.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Will ye marry a taupie that has nae recommendation but a doll's face, and bring shame and sorrow to your door? '

    Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 17

  • Nay, so far did she carry her complaisance, that when Tyrrel crossed the kitchen to recover his saddle-bags, she formally rebuked Eppie for an idle taupie, for not carrying the gentleman's things to his room.

    St. Ronan's Well

  • Nay, so far did she carry her complaisance, that when Tyrrel crossed the kitchen to recover his saddle-bags, she formally rebuked Eppie for an idle taupie, for not carrying the gentleman’s things to his room.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • “I’se tell thee what thou is now — thou’s a crazed hellicat Bess o’ Bedlam, that sall taste naething but bread and water for a fortnight, to serve ye for the plague ye hae gien me — and ower gude for ye, ye idle taupie!”

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • o 'Bedlam, that sall taste naething but bread and water for a fortnight, to serve ye for the plague ye hae gien me --- and ower gude for ye, ye idle taupie!' '

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • Bedlam, that sall taste naething but bread and water for a fortnight, to serve ye for the plague ye hae gien me -- and ower gude for ye, ye idle taupie! "

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Complete

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  • also "tawpie"
    a scatterbrained, untidy, careless young woman

    February 25, 2009