Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BREET, n. A ne.Sc. form of St.Eng. brute, used with all Eng. meanings. The meaning illustrated below is peculiar to n.Sc., i.e. fellow, chap, creature. The word conveys an idea of pity, affection, tolerance, etc., the exact shade of meaning varying according to the adj. which gen. accompanies it. Cf. Mod.Fr. “c'est un bon bête,” he's a good-natured soul. [brit] Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 16:
She's nae an ill breet o' a dehm.
Abd. 1797–1881  in Mem. of J. Geddes (1899) 22, Note:
He vrate a beuk 'at nae ane read, An now, alas, the breet he's dead!
Abd.(D) 1929  J. Alexander Mains and Hilly 192:
A cheery, weel-naitur't breet wis Kirky, aye lauchin' an' aye some joke to tell ye.

[Regular ne. regional development of Fr. brut, fem. brute, from Lat. brūtus, heavy, stupid, dull, which elsewhere in Sc. became [bryt] or [brɪt].]

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