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CHEELDER, Sheeldir, Shielder, n. A child; a fellow. See also Chield and Chile. [(t)ʃildər] Sh.(D) 1931  Saga in Shet. Times (14 March) 7:
Didna Lowrie — da sheeldir it gjengs wi da post — . . . shap apo' da door o' Klate an' haand wis a muckle reegister'd letter frae wir peerie Maansie.
Sh.(D) 1931  J. J. H. Burgess in Sh. Almanac Companion 188:
Whin we wir comin' up near da hoose, een o' da peerie shielders belangin' ta da skule cam' an' met wis.
Sh. 1933  J. Nicolson Hentilagets 17:
Whin we peeri cheelders wir haein wir play, . . . We cöst-oot aftin, an took kind o stotts.
Ork.(D) 1904  Dennison Orcad. Sk. 1:
Johnnie wus aye geud tae young cheelders.

[Originally a pl., but s was added owing to influence of usual pl. endings, and cheelder came to be regarded as sing. O.Sc. has chelder, cheilder, children, lads (D.O.S.T.). The change of ch to sh in Sh. is characteristic.]

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