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Thread #164433   Message #3934650
Posted By: Lighter
01-Jul-18 - 07:31 PM
Thread Name: MEANING of ' gaudie' in Sweet Kumadee??
Subject: RE: IMEANING of ' gaudie' in Sweet Kumadee??
In the song it may not mean much, unless "Gaudie" (for "Gaudy") is the name of the French ship.

No Scots dictionary seems to include the meaning "man of war," which I suggest is merely a wild guess to make sense of the line.

Nor is "gaudie" in the OED.

A "goudie," however, is defined as a corporate official who kept one of two or more keys to the cash-box. It seems not to have been very common.

So the mystery remains.