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.

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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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  • Young ladies whose morals are sloppy

    May yield to the call of the poppy.

    With that fatal taste

    Have lives gone to waste

    And heroine turned into taupie.

    May 9, 2018

  • also "tawpie"

    a scatterbrained, untidy, careless young woman

    February 25, 2009