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  • Yes, I have wrestled back control of this blog from my pernicious Id and sleekit wee nyaff of a Self, sanity is restored, and all is well with the world.

    Whew!

  • He also had the last word - "The wee nyaff goat less than he deserved."

    icAyrshire

  • "I mean, there must have been thousands of people in this world biding their time until they could get their own back on that slimy nyaff, and now these four clowns have gone and spoiled it for everybody.

    Country of the Blind

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    intr. Of a (small) dog: to yelp, bark. Hence, of a child or small or insignificant person: to speak in a cheeky or peevish manner; to whinge.

    1808 J. Jamieson Etymol. Dict. Sc. Lang. (at cited word), Nyaff, to yelp, to bark. It properly denotes the noise made by a small dog; although sometimes applied to a the pert chat of a saucy child, or of any person of a diminutive appearance.

    1907 D. B. Nicolson in J. Horne County Caithness i. iv. 80 Niaff, to yelp, to bark.

    1985 M. Munro Patter 50 Nyaff, to yelp; to bark. Applied to the pert chat of a saucy child, or of any diminutive person

    April 19, 2015

  • "Though mere yards from the still 'fantoosh' Sauchiehall Street, Cowcaddens seemed virtually a separate town, but many were lured across the uninviting Renfrew Street frontier to this grimy area. Its proximity to the fancy shops and variety theatres meant a mixed clientele in a quarter noted for its neds, nyaffs and all the 'hooks, crooks and cosmic singers o the day.'"

    - 'Glasgow's Favourite Dish', John Macleay in The Scots Magazine, Mar 2000.

    February 20, 2008

  • The Urban Dictionary has a definition of nyaff.

    January 18, 2007