Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
DELEER, Delire, v. Also delier, deleir, deler. To intoxicate, to render delirious. Rarely found exc. as ppl.adj. deleerit, etc., delirious, mad; temporarily out of one's senses (Per. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 238, Fif.10 1940; Rnf. 1948 (per Abd.27); Ayr.9 1949; Rxb. c.1920 Mr Clelland W.-L.). Delire = to be delirious or mad, was in use in Eng. in 17th cent. [də′li:r]
Sc. 1824 Scott St Ronan's W. I. xii.:
The woman is delireet. Mry. 1824 J. Cock Hamespun Lays 79:
An' whiles her rhymin' pate grows dizzy An, maist deliriet. Edb. 1821 W. Liddle Poems 94:
Even they you rin agroun deler't. Ib. 219:
The whisk[y]'s been in my pate, And that's deleer't me. Gsw. 1863 J. Young Ingle Nook 59:
For when I thocht hoo that my folly Had stown my siller, watch, an' jolly, I grew amaist dounricht deleerit. Lnk. 1922 T. S. Cairncross Scot at Hame 10:
Whaur an auld wife delieret, sick, Has nocht to leeve on for next week. Ayr. 1786 Burns Halloween xiv.:
For monie a ane has gotten a fright, An' liv'd an' di'd deleeret, On sic a night. Dmf. 1823 J. Kennedy Poems 47:
In despair your fingers eatin', Clean deleiret a'thegither.
Hence delirietness, delirium.
Ayr. 1823 Galt Entail II. iv.:
My mother did na send word o' the nature o' this delirietness o' Charlie.
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