A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

Flit, Flyt, v. Also: flitt, flet, fleitt. [ME. flytt(e, flitt(e, ON. flytja.]

1. tr. To convey, remove, or shift (a person or thing) from one place to another. [The boat] sa litill wes, that it Mycht our the wattir bot thresum flyt; Barb. iii. 420.
To helpe thame come a thousand men … to flyt hire furth one the way; Leg. S. xliv. 253.
A towne … Wes flyttyd owt off that ilke plas Quhare it foundyt and byggyt was; Wynt. vii. 781.
To the men that flittit the bastailȝe fra the Freris to the Tolbuth of Abirdene, and flittit the burdis; 1497 Treas. Acc. I. 373.
A licence … to flit the pend of the said Frere Wynd; 1512 Reg. Privy S. I. 359/2.
His guidis wes flettit of the grund befor the proclamation of the ost; 1557 Inverness B. Rec. I. 14.
To twa warkmen for … flitting the skaffald … out of the kirk; 1595 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 623.
Ane boit … for fletting ony of my Lordis adois; 1603 Misc. Maitl. C. II. 150.
Quhairvpone Argile flittis his camp tua myllis fra Fyvie to Crechie; Spalding II. 426.
For flitting the schoole, 18 s.; 1698 Ann. Banff II. 176.
fig. Thane gert he caste on hire … of necting a gret quantyte, … Thar-with for to flit hyre thocht; Leg. S. xliv. 278.
Quhen scho list hir fauour for to flitt; Stewart 48074.
absol. [To have] thair boitis … to serue, flitt, and fwir in my Lordis seruice; 1603 Shetland Sheriff Ct. 104 b.

2. tr. and refl. To remove (persons and possessions) from a place of occupancy or residence. Usu. flit and remove. (1) Scho may not flit nor remove the tenentis, occupiaris of the samin; Balfour Pract. 106.
The saidis … confessis … thame selfis, … lauchfullie and ordourlie flittit and remowit fra the town … of Vestir Camedall; 1588 Grant Chart. (Reg. H.).
The laird of Pitfoddillis … flitit out of Old Abirdein his haill familie and goodis; Spalding I. 134.
(2) To flit and remowe tham selfis, seruandis and guddis, furtht and fra the said Greit Orchart and garding yardis; 1578 Mun. Univ. Glasg. I. 122.
To flitt and remoue himself, his wyfe, bairnis, and servandis, familie guids and geir, furth and fra the said place of Murthlie; 1615 Red Bk. Grandtully I. xxvi.
The Marquess … leaves directioun to his seruandis to flit and remove thame selfis, goodis, and geir efter him to Strathbogie; Spalding I. 149.

3. intr. To depart from a place; to go elsewhere. That scho mycht purches sum remede To flit in-to sume wthir stede; Leg. S. xxxviii. 574.
Till Abyrdeyn … thai pas, Quhar Inglismen besyly flittand was; Wall. vii. 1066.
Ȝe schrenk nocht to trespas, Fra this fals warld as we suld never mare flit; Contempl. Sinn. 231.
And for thair fault till hell sune sall thay flit; G. Ball. 102.
Was he not … Ane of the first that maid the freiris to flit? 1581 Sat. P. xliii. 140.
He began to think how to flitt from Ægipte; Dalr. I. 71/17.

b. spec. To leave one's place of residence or occupancy. Freq. with remove. (1) The fadyr beande dede, Oft sys the sone flittys to fremyt sted; Bernardus 381.
To mak him fane To flit, or pay his gressome new agane; Henr. Fab. 2740.
Gyf thay refuse, to warne thame to flyt at Mertymes nixt to cum; 1540 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 99.
The pairtie in Leith … causit the haill inhabitaris of the Cannogait to flit and come to Leith; Diurn. Occurr. 293.
That Witsonday … was the twolt tyme I haid flitted sen my mariage; Melvill 257.
Things that looked lyk sorcerie quhich were found after she flitted, in the hous out of quhich she flitted; 1663 Inverness Presb. 302.
To John Broune, gardiner at Woodhall, when we flitted; 1697 Foulis Acc. Bk. 213.
(2) To tak congnicione gif that the saidis frow and Robert wer … nocht lauchfully warnit … to remufe & flitt tharfra; 1520 Fife Sheriff Ct. 198.
He warnit Robert Merschell to ramvf & flyt out of his maleyng; 1549 Prot. Bk. J. Crawford 27 b.
We decern … tham to flit and remoif thairfra with the mylnis and pertinentis thairof; 1582 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 768.
Lyckas they obleis thame to flitt and remove fra the said myln; 1645 Irvine Mun. II. 62.
She shall be obliedged to flitt, red, and remove, and leave the same [maines] voyd and patent to my heires of taylȝy; 1680 Echt-Forbes Chart. 148.

c. (In phrases or absol.) To depart from this life; to die. For quhen we of this cuntre flit, Haue we nocht all alyk of it? Maitl. F. lxxiv. 13.
I man anes depart and flit out of this present warld; 1605 Edinb. Test. XL. 14 b.
I went and saw your mother, where I fand that your father was flitted; … ye and I could not wish to die with more faith; 1638 Baillie I. 109.

3. To change in state, condition, or mind; to be changeable or unstable. Office dois flit, and courtis dois varie; Dunb. lxvi. 26.
Of this fals failȝeand warld I tyre, That ever more flytis lyk ane phane; Ib. lxvi. 95.
Lo, from all grace quhou to myscheif thai flyt; Doug. iv. Prol. 81.
Riches and rent we ken dois not abyde, Bot flittis and fochis ever to and fra; 1573 Sat. P. xl. 42.
If ȝe be constant, I sall neuer change; If ȝe be fickle, I am forc't to flitt; Montg. Misc. P. xxxi. 58.

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Flit v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 23 Mar 2019 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/flit>

13653

dost

Try an Advanced Search

Browse DOST:

Browse Up
    Loading...
Browse Down

Share: