Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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COOSER, CUISSER, CUSSER, Coosar, Küsard, n. A stallion (Sc. 1855 J. C. Morton Cycl. Agric. II. 722, coosar, Mry.1 1925). S.D.D. gives the form couser and Angus Gl. (1914) gives küsard for Sh. [′kusər, ′kysər(d), ′kʌsər] Sc. 1721  Ramsay Poems 37:
The Lads wad fain ha'e faun t'ye; To try the auld Game Taunty-Raunty, Like Coosers keen.
Sc. 1821  Scott Pirate (1822) xi.:
I will have cussers from Lanarkshire — brood mares from Ayrshire.
Edb. 1772  R. Fergusson Sc. Poems (1925) 22:
Without the cuissers prance and nicker.
Peb. 1793  Carlop Green (ed. R. D. C. Brown 1832) II. 39:
And horses, sheep, and kine . . . And bills, and coosers fine.
Gall. 1843  J. Nicholson Hist. and Trad. Tales 128:
Set a caird on a cuisser an' he'll ride to the Deevil.

[A corruption of Eng. courser, O.Sc. courser, cursour. For dropping of r, cf. Cosfit for corsfit (see Corse, n.), Puss for purse, etc.]

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