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CHANDLER, Chanler, n. [′tʃɑn(d)lər]

1. A candlestick; a lantern. Also found in w.Yks. dial. (E.D.D.). Sc. 1700  Account Bk. Sir J. Foulis (S.H.S. 1894):
16 March: To Jamie Gray to pay for a chanler mending at ye west port . . .0. 5. 0.
Sc. 1724–1727  Ramsay T. T. Misc. (1733) 103:
Have you any pots or pans, Or any broken chandlers?

2. Combs.: (1) chandler chafted, -chaftit, lantern-jawed (Abd.2, Fif.10 1939); also fig.; †(2) chandler chafts, chan'ler —, lantern-jaws; †(3) chandler-pin,? the pin in each branch of a chandelier on to which the candle was fixed; used attrib. and fig. in quot. = over-elegant, precise; see Phrase below. (1) Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore 3:
'Twas that grim gossip, chandler chafted want, With threed-bair claithing, and an ambry scant.
Fif. c.1700  P. Birnie Auld Man's Mare in R. Ford Vagab. Songs, etc. (1904) 281:
Lang-neckit, chandler-chaftit, And yet the jaud to dee!
(2) Sc. 1721  Ramsay Poems 26:
Shame faw ye'r Chandler Chafts, O Death, For stapping of John Cowper's Breath.
Rnf. 1790  A. Wilson Poems 75:
My sons, wi' chan'ler chafts gape roun', To rive my gear, my siller frae me.
(3) Ayr. 1834  Galt Lit. Life III. 29:
There was a carding of sense through Peter's particularity, that made his dry words no so salt as the chandler-pin terms o' that clip-clouts, Stephen Ell.

Phr.: †on chandler pins, over-elegant and refined (in speech). Ayr. 1822  Galt Sir A. Wylie I. xiv.:
He had a fine scented pocket-napkin, and was wondrous perjinct in his words — a' on chandler pins.

[O.Sc. chandeler, chandelar, a candlestick, 1488; the form chandler is very common after 1590 (D.O.S.T.); O.Fr. chandelier, idem (Cotgrave); Mod.Eng. chandelier, late Lat. candelāri-um.]

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"Chandler n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 Oct 2018 <>



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