Welcome

Welcome to DSL, which brings together the two major historical dictionaries of the Scots language:

  • A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST)
    Older Scots - 12th century - 1700
  • The Scottish National Dictionary (SND)
    Modern Scots - 1700 - 2005

Their 22 volumes provide a comprehensive history of Scots, making DSL an essential research tool for anyone interested in the history and development of the language.

Word of the Day

Canny adj., adv. cautious, astute, of good omen, thrifty

A treasure troveā€¦

With over 77,000 separate entries, over 250,000 spelling variants and over 750,000 illustrative quotations, the DSL is a treasure trove of information about the Scots language - whether for scholarly research or just for the pleasure of browsing. Dip in and see what you can find.

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