Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BILL, n.1 Common Sc. for Eng. bull. [bɪl] The alternative form everywhere is [bʌl].
Abd. 1875 G. Macdonald Malcolm 1xii.:
“Freen' o' mine!” exclaimed the Partaness. “We gree like twa bills (bulls) i' the same park!” wm.Sc. 1835 Laird of Logan II. 6:
Logan . . . cried out, “Rin into the house ye deevils! e'en the vera bill canna' stan' the sicht o' cards on the sabbath-day!” Ayr. 1786 Burns Address to the Deil x.:
An' dawtet, twal-pint Hawkie's gane As yell's the Bill. Kcb. 1789 D. Davidson Seasons 49:
Nae twa were ever seen mair thick Than brawny an' the bill. Uls. 1910 C. C. Russell People and Lang. of Uls. 25:
“Bull” (bool) becomes “bull,” as in “skull,” and finally “bill.”
Comb.: †bill-siller, the fine formerly imposed by the Kirk sessions in cases of fornication.
Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems 23:
When right sair fleed, He gart them good Bill-siller pay.
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