Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
CAULDRIFE, Cauldrif, Coldrife, adj. and adv. Coldrife is an anglicised form. [′kɑl(d)rɪf, ′kɑl(d)rəɪf]
(1) Cold, chilly; of things: causing the sensation of cold; of people: susceptible to cold. Gen.Sc.
Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems II. 28:
Ah Heavens! did e'er this lyart Head of mine Think to have seen the cauldrife Mools on thine! Sc. 1928 W. Soutar in Scots Mag. (Feb.) 363:
Attour auld Arthour's Sate nae stern glours doon Intae the cauldrife city. Bnff. 1920 6 :
Ye're a cauldrif crater. Abd.(D) 1920 C. Murray In the Country Places 8:
Noo that cauldrife Winter's here There's a pig in ilka bed. Kcb. 1894 S. R. Crockett Raiders ii.:
The hour of slack tide, when a watcher sitting up with the sick gets chill and cauldrife.
(2) Cold or chilly in manner; indifferent; wanting in cheerfulness. Known to Bnff.2, Abd. correspondents, Ags.2, Fif.1 1938.
Sc. 1718 R. Wodrow Corresp. (1843) II. 401:
Mr Mitchell wrote to some of our Jurant brethren at our Synod to delay this matter a little. Accordingly, we found them coldrife, and we were so likewise. Sc. 1828 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) II. 60:
Oh, sir, but his [Sheridan's] comedies are cauldrife compositions. Fif. 1897 “G. Setoun” George Malcolm iii.:
He's but a cauldrife cratur i' the pulpit. Rnf. 1815 W. Finlayson Simple Sc. Rhymes 82:
Driven by my cauldrife scorn an' pride, He sought the maid o' Gowan-side. Ayr. 1889 H. Johnston Chron. of Glenbuckie xv.:
It's an unco cauldrife meeting.
2. adv. Coldly, indifferently.
Edb. 1791 J. Learmont Poems 47:
And gars them cauldrife nod Throuch poortith's glen. Wgt. 1804 R. Couper Poems II. 97:
Cauldrife the honest man looks on The rising and the setting sun.
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