Guy Mannering, by Sir Walter Scott


’A, he, I.

a’, all.

abide, endure.

ablins, aiblins, perhaps.

abune, above.

ae, one.

aff, off.

afore, before.

a-guisarding, masquerading.

ahint, behind.

aik, an oak.

ails, hinders, prevents.

ain, own.

amang, among.

an, if.

ance, once.

ane, one.

anent, about.

aneuch, enough.

auld, old.

auld threep, a superstitious notion.

avise, advise, deliberate.

awa’, away.

aweel, well.

awfu’, awful.

awmous, alms.

aye, ever.

bairn, a child.

baith, both.

ballant, a ballad.

banes, bones.

bannock, a flat round or oval cake.

barken, stiffen, dry to a crust.

barrow-trams, the shafts of a hand barrow.

baulks, ridges.

berling, a galley.

bield, a shelter, a house.

biggit, built.

billie, a brother, a companion.

bing out and tour, go out and watch.

binna, be not.

birk, a birch tree.

bit, a little.

bittle, beat with a bat.

bittock, a little bit.

Black Peter, a portmanteau.

blate, shy, bashful.

blawn, blown.

blear, obscure.

blude, bluid, blood.

blunker, a cloth printer.

blythe, glad.

boddle, a copper coin worth one third of a penny.

bogle, a goblin, a spectre.

bonnet, a cap.

bonnie, bonny, pretty, fine.

bonspiel, a match game at curling.

bottle-head, beetle-head, stupid fellow.

bow, a boll.

bowster, a bolster.

braw, fine.

brigg, a bridge.

brock, a badger, a dirty fellow.

brod, a church collection plate.

buckkar, a smuggling lugger.

bully-huff, a bully, a braggart.

burn, a brook.

bye, besides.

ca’, call.

cake-house, a house of entertainment.

callant, a stripling.

cam, came.

canny, lucky, cautious.

cantle, a fragment.

canty, cheerful.

capons, castrated cocks.

carle, a churl, an old man.

cast, lot, fate.

chapping-stick, a stick to strike with.

cheerer, spirits and hot water.

chield, a young man.

chumlay, a chimney.

clanjamfray, rabble.

clashes, lies, scandal.

claught, clutched, caught.

clecking, hatching.

clodded, threw heavily.

close, a lane, a narrow passage.

clour, a heavy blow.

cloyed a dud, stolen a rag.

collieshangie, an uproar.

come o’ will, a child of love.

cottar, cottage.

cramp-ring, shackles, fetters.

cranking, creaking.

craw, crow.

creel, a basket.

cuddy, an ass.

cusp, an entrance to a house.

cusser, a courser, a stallion.

daft, mad, foolish.

darkmans, night.

daurna, dare not.

day-dawing, dawn.

dead-thraw, death-agony.

death-ruckle, death-rattle.

deil-be-lickit, nothing, naught.

dike, a wall, a ditch.

dinging, slamming.

dingle, a dell, a hollow.

dizzen, a dozen.

doo, a dove.

dooket, dukit, a dovecot.

doun, down.

douse the glim, put out the light.

dow, list, wish.

drap, a drop.

drumming, driving.

dub, a puddle.

duds, clothes.

eassel, provincial for eastward.

een, eyes.

endlang, along.

eneugh, enough.

evening, putting on the same level.

faem, foam.

fair-strae, natural.

fambles, hands.

fash, trouble.

fauld, a fold.

fause, false.

feared, afraid.

fearsome, frightful.

feck, a quantity.

feckless, feeble.

fell, a skin.

fernseed, gather the, make invisible.

fie, mad, foredoomed.

fient a bit, never a bit

fient a haet, not the least.

fire-raising, setting fire.

firlot, a quarter of a boll.

fit, a foot.

flesh, fleesh, a fleece.

flick, cut.

flit, remove.

fond, glad to.

forbears, ancestors.

forbye, besides.

foumart, a polecat.

fowk, people.

frae, from.

frummagem’d, throttled, hanged.

fu’, full.

fule-body, a foolish person.

gae, go.

gaed, went.

gane, gone.

gang, go.

gang-there-out, wandering.

gangrel, vagrant.

gar, make.

gate, gait, way.

gaun, going.

gay, gey, very.

gelding, a castrated horse.

gentle or semple, high born or common people.

gie, give.

gliffing, a surprise, an instant.

glower, glare.

gowan, a field daisy.

gowd, gold.

gowpen, a double handful.

greet, weep.

grieve, an overseer.

grippet, grasped, caught.

grunds, grounds.

gude, guid, good.

gudeman, master of a house.

gyre-carlings, witches.

ha’, hall.

hadden, held, gone.

hae, have.

hafflin, half grown.

haick, hack.

haill, whole.

hallan, a partition.

hame, home.

hank, a skein of yarn.

hansel, a present.

hantle, a quantity.

haud, hauld, hold.

hauden, held.

heezie, a lift.

herds, herders.

heuch, a crag, a steep bank.

hinging, hanging.

hinney, honey.

hirsel, a flock.

hizzie, a housewife, a hussy.

hog, a young sheep.

horning, a warrant for a debtor.

houdie, a midwife.

howm, flat low ground.

humble-cow, a cow without horns.

hunds, hounds.

ilka, every.

ingans, onions.

ingleside, fireside.

I’se, I’ll.

ither, other.

jaw-hole, a sink.

Jethart, Jedburgh.

jo, a sweetheart.

kahn, a skiff.

kaim, a low ridge, a comb.

kain, part of a farm-rent paid in fowls.

keep, a stronghold.

keepit, kept, attended.

ken, know.

kenna, do not know.

kibe, an ulcerated chilblain, a chapped heel.

killogie, the open space before a kiln fire.

kilt, upset.

kilting, girding or tucking up.

kimmer, a female gossip.

kinder, children.

kipper, cured salmon.

kirk, church.

kist, a chest, a coffin.

kitchen-mort, kinchen-mort, a girl.

kittle, tickle, ticklish.

kitt, a number, the whole.

knave, a boy.

knevell, knead, beat severely.

kobold, a hobgoblin.

laird, lord of the manor.

lampit, a limpet.

landloupers, persons of wandering tendencies.

lang, long.

lang or, long before.

lang-lugged, long-eared.

langsyne, long ago.

lap and paunel, liquor and food.

lassie, a young girl.

latch, mire.

leddy, a lady.

lee, pasture land.

leg bail, to give, to run away.

letter-gae, the precentor is called by Allan Ramsay ‘the letter-gae of haly rhyme.’

leugh, laughed.

levin, lightning, scorn.

licks, blows.

lift, the sky.

like, as it were.

limmer, a jade, a hussy.

links, the windings of a river.

lippen, trust.

loan, an open place, a lane.

loaning, a milking place.

long bowls, ninepins.

looby, a booby, a lout.

loon, a clown, a rogue.

loup, leap, start.

low, blaze, flame.

luckie, an old woman.

lugs, ears.

lunt, blaze, torch.

lykewake, a watch at night over a dead body.

mair, more.

mair by token, especially.

maist, most.

maun, must.

meddling and making, interfering.

messan, a little dog.

milling in the darkmans, murder by night.

mind, remember.

minded, looked after.

mirk, dark; pit mirk, pitch dark.

moaned, mourned.

Monanday, Monday.

mony, many.

moonshie, a secretary.

morn, tomorrow.

moss, a morass.

moss-hag, a pit, a slough.

muckle, great, much.

muir, a moor, a heath.

muscavado, unrefined sugar.

mutchkin, a measure equal to an English pint.

na, nae, no.

nane, none.

nathless, nevertheless.

needna, need not.

nice, simple.

now, the, at once.

odd-come-shortly, chance time not far in the future.

ony, any.

or, ere.

orra, odd, occasional.

orra time, occasionally.

o’t, of it.

out, out in rebellion.

out of house and hauld, destitute.

outcast, a falling out, a quarrel.

ower, over.

owt, the exterior, out.

paiks, punishment.

parritch, oatmeal porridge.

peat-hag, a bog.

penny-stane, a stone quoit.

periapts, amulets.

pike, pick.

pinners, a headdress.

pirn, a reel.

pit, put.

plash, splash.

plough-gate of land, land that can be tilled with one plough.

pock, a pouch, a bag.

poinded, impounded.

poschay, a post-chaise.

pouches, pockets.

pow, the head.

powny, a pony.

preceese, exact.

precentor, a leader of congregational singing.

prin, a pin.

puir, poor.

quean, a young woman, a wench.

rade, rode.

ramble, a spree.

rampauging, raging.

randle-tree, a horizontal bar across a chimney, on which pot-hooks are hung; sometimes used as an opprobrious epithet.

randy, wild.

ranging and riping, scouring and searching.

rape, rope.

rasp-house, a custom-house.

red cock craw, kindle a fire.

redding-straik, a blow received when trying to separate combatants.

reek, smoke.

reif and wear, robbery and injury.

reise, a bough.

reist, smoke.

reiver, a robber.

retour, return of a writ.

rin, run.

ripe, search.

rive, rend, rob.

rotten, rottan, a rat.

roup, an auction.

roupit, sold at auction.

routing, snoring, bellowing.

rubbit, robbed.

rump and dozen, meat and drink, a good dinner.

run goods, smuggled goods.

sack, sackcloth.

sae, so.

saft, soft.

sain, bless.

sair, sore.

sail, shall.

samyn, the same.

sang, song.

sark, a shirt.

saugh, a willow tree.

saul, soul.

saut, salt.

sax, six.

scaff-raff, riff raff.

scart, scratched, written on.

schnaps, a dram of liquor.

scones, flat round cakes.

scouring the cramp-ring, said metaphorically for being thrown into fetters or, generally, into prison.

screed o’ drink, a drinking bout.

sell’d, sold.

semple, simple, poor people.

shake-rag, a tatterdemalion.

shanks, legs.

shealing, sheiling, a shed, a hut.

shear, cut.

sherra, a sheriff.

shoeing-horn, something that leads to more drinking.

shoon, shoes.

shouther, a shoulder.

sic, so, such.

siclike, such.

siller, money.

sinsyne, since.

skeel, a bucket, a tub.

slack, a hollow, a morass.

slap, a breach.

sleepery, sleepy.

slow-hund, a sleuth hound.

sma’, small.

smack, smaik, a rogue, a low wretch.

snaw, snow.

soup o’ drink, a spoonful.

souple, a cudgel.

spae, foretell.

speir, ask.

sprug, a sparrow.

spunk, a spark.

start, betray.

stell, a stall, a covert.

stickit, stopped, hindered.

stir your gear, disturb your goods.

stark, a heifer, a bullock.

stiver, a small Dutch coin.

stoppit, stopped.

stoup, a drinking vessel, a wooden pitcher.

stown, stolen.

strae, straw.

strammel, straw.

streik, stretch.

suld, should.

sune, soon.

sunkets, delicacies, provisions of any kind.

sunkie, a low stool.

swear, difficult.

swure, swore.

syne, since.

ta’en, taken.

tait, a tuft.

tak, take.

tap, the top.

tass, a cup.

tat, that.

tell’d, told.

tent, care.

thack, thatch.

thae, those.

thegither, together.

thereawa’, thence, thereabout.

thrapple, the windpipe, the throat.

thristle, a thistle.

till, to.

tippenny, ale at twopence a bottle.

tod, a fox.

tolbooth, a jail.

toom, empty.

tow, a rope.

trine to the cheat, get hanged.

troking, intercourse, trafficking.

trow, trust.

tulzie, tuilzie, a scuffle, a brawl.

twa, two.

tweel, a web.

tyke, a cur.

umwhile, formerly, late.

uncanny, weird, unlucky.

unco, strange, very.

uphaud, uphold.

upright man, the leader (and greatest rogue) of the gang.

wa’, wall.

wad, would.

wadded, wedded.

wae, woe.

waefu’, woeful.

wale, choice.

ware, spend.

wark, work.

warld, the world.

warlock, a wizard.

waster, a long spear.

waur, worse.

wean, a young child.

wear, war.

weary fa’, curse.

wedder, a wether.

wee, small.

weel, well.

weel-faured, well-favored, prepossessing.

weize, direct, incline.

wessel, westward.

wha, who.

whaap, the (or the Hope), is the sheltered part or hollow of the hill. Hoff, howff, haaf, and haven are all modifications of the same word.

wheen, a few.

whigging, jogging.

whiles, sometimes.

whilk, which.

whin, a few.

whinger, a kind of knife, a hanger.

whistle, give information against one.

whittret, a weasel.

wi’, with.

win, get.

witters, the barbs of the spear.

woo’, wool.

woodie, wuddie, a rope, a halter, the gallows.

worricow, a hobgoblin.

wots na, does not know.

wrang, wrong.

wrang side of the blanket, illegitimate.

writer, an attorney.

wuddie, a rope, the gallows.

wuss, wish.

yaffing, chattering, barking.

yet, yere, your.

yont, beyond.

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