Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CAUTIONER, CAITIONER, Caishoner, n. Sc. law: one who becomes security for another (Abd.9 1938, caishoner; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., caitioner). [′keʃ(ə)nər, ′kɑʃ(ə)nər] Sc. 1721  J. Kelly Proverbs 272:
Oft times the Cautioner pays the Debt.
Sc. 1739  Patrick Fifth Lord Elibank in Earls of Cromartie (ed. Fraser 1876) II. 181:
You know that I have a double interest in this affair as your friend and cautioner.
Abd.(D) 1875  W. Alexander Life Among My Ain Folk (1882) 121:
Severals o' them wud lickly be cautioners, or hae len'it sooms till 'im .

Fig. A child; appar. alluding to “giving hostages to Fortune.” Sc. 1728  Ramsay Poems II. 161:
That throw lang Life she may be young, And bring forth Cautioners enow.

[O.Sc. cautioner, later form of cautionar(e), common in the 17th cent., one who becomes security for another; a surety (D.O.S.T.).]

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