GUDDA, s. A donkey, literal and metaphorical. H. gadha: [Skt. gardabha, the roarer]. The coincidence
of the Scotch cuddy has been attributed to a loan from H. through the gypsies, who were the chief
owners of the animal in Scotland, where it is not common. On the other hand, this is ascribed to a nickname
Cuddy (for Cuthbert), like the English Neddy, similarly applied. [So the N.E.D. with hesitation.] A Punjab
proverbial phrase is gadon khurki, Donkeys rubbing their sides together, a sort of claw me and Ill
GUDDY, GUDDEE, s. H. gaddi, Mahr. gadi. The Throne. Properly it is a cushion, a throne in the
Oriental sense, i.e. the seat of royalty, a simple sheet, or mat, or carpet on the floor, with a large cushion
or pillow at the head, against which the great man reclines (Wilson). To be placed on the guddee is
to succeed to the kingdom. The word is also used for the pad placed on an elephants back.
[1809.Seendhiya was seated nearly in the centre, on a large square cushion covered with gold brocade; his
back supported by a round bolster, and his arms resting upon two flat cushions; all covered with the
same costly material, and forming together a kind of throne, called a musnud, or guddee.Broughton,
Letters from a Mahratta Camp, ed. 1892, p. 28.]
GUDGE, s. P.H. gaz, and corr. gaj; a Persian yard measure or thereabouts; but in India applied
to measures of very varying lengths, from the hath, or natural cubit, to the English yard. In the Ain
[ed. Jarrett, ii. 58 seqq.] Abul Fazl details numerous gaz which had been in use under the Caliphs
or in India, varying from 18 inches English (as calculated by J. Prinsep) to 52 1/8. The Ilahi gaz of
Akbar was intended to supersede all these as a standard; and as it was the basis of all records of land-
measurements and rents in Upper India, the determination of its value was a subject of much importance
when the revenue surveys were undertaken about 1824. The results of enquiry were very discrepant,
however, and finally an arbitrary value of 33 inches was assumed. The bigha (see BEEGAH), based
on this, and containing 3600 square gaz=5/8 of an acre, is the standard in the N.W.P., but statistics
are now always rendered in acres. See Gladwins Ayeen (1800) i. 302, seqq.; Prinseps Useful Tables,
ed. Thomas, 122; [Madras Administration Manual, ii. 505.] [1532.
and if in quantity the measure and
the weight, and whether ells, roods or gazes.Archiv. Port. Orient. f. 5, p. 1562.]
the townsmen again demanded of me to open my bales, and sell them some pieces of cloth; but
chose to make several of them presents of 2¼ gaz of cloth, which is the measure they usually take for
a coat.Hanway, i. 125.
176871.A gess or goss is 2 cobidos, being at Chinsurah 2 feet and 10
inches Rhineland measure.Stavorinus, E.T. i. 463.
1814.They have no measures but the gudge,
which is from their elbow to the end of the middle finger, for measuring length. Pearce, Acc. of the
Ways of the Abyssinians, in Tr. Lit. Soc. Bo. ii. 56.