Definitions

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  • n. A little bit.
  • n. A short distance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small bit of anything, of indefinite size or quantity; a short distance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A little bit; a short distance.

Etymologies

From bit +‎ -ock (diminutive suffix). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One I laid up and with the other I betook myself to enjoying the pleasures of friendship and conviviality and consorting with intimates and boon-companions and with the sons of the merchants, nor did I leave one but I caroused with him and he with me, and I lavished all my money on comrades and good cheer, till there remained with me naught; [FN#15] whereupon I betook myself to the friends and fellow-topers upon whom I had wasted my wealth, so perhaps they might provide for my case; but, when I visited them and went round about to them all, I found no vantage in one of them, nor would any so much as break a bittock of bread in my face.

    Arabian nights. English

  • The agent who had this in possession, I was told, lived at the town of —, which I was informed, and indeed knew well, was distant five miles and a bittock, which may pass in a country where they are less lavish of their land for two or three more.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • This is but a bittock of mineral worth a thousand dinars; why dost thou style it a jewel?

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • One man he shaved for two scones and another for a bittock of cheese, and he was in demand, because there was no other barber on board.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Shayth in our own land, so mayst thou eat there a bittock of bread.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • So one came down to him with a bannock and another with broken meats and third with a bittock of cheese and a fourth with a cucumber; and so on till he lap was full and he returned to his closet and laid the whole between her hands, saying, “Eat.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • We continued, however, to ride on without pause and even when night fell and overshadowed the desolate wilds which we traversed, we were, as I understood from Mr. Jarvie, still three miles and a bittock distant from the place where we were to spend the night.

    Rob Roy

  • I will give bittock of bread except thee no whit of food, thou yield thy person except thou yield thyself to me. '

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

  • So one came down to him with a bannock and another with broken meats and a third with a bittock of cheese and a fourth with a cucumber, and so on till his lap was full and he returned to his closet and laid the whole between her hands, saying, "Eat."

    Tehran Winter

  • English ones, and the bittock might mean anything -- another Scottish mile or two, as the case might be.

    Little Folks A Magazine for the Young (Date of issue unknown)

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  • a bit, a small, indefinite amount of something

    January 22, 2009