Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Scots A crested hen.
  • n. Scots A large mug with a knobbed lid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hen with a crest or topknot.
  • n. A vessel for liquor, containing two Scottish pints, or about three quarts English.
  • n. Hence A large or liberal allowance of liquor, especially wine.

Etymologies

Scots tappit, crested (variant of topped, past participle of top1) + hen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • But come, gentlemen, don't let the tappit-hen scraugh to be emptied.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • -- But come, gentlemen, don't let the tappit-hen scraugh to be emptied.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • Their bind was just a Scots pint over-head, and a tappit-hen to the bill, and no man ever saw them the waur o't.

    St. Ronan's Well

  • Their bind was just a Scots pint over-head, and a tappit-hen to the bill, and no man ever saw them the waur o’t.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • But come, gentlemen, don’t let the tappit-hen scraugh to be emptied.

    A Legend of Montrose

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  • a crested hen, or a large bottle or jar of wine or spirits.

    June 11, 2009