Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
DEREESHIN, Dereeshan, Dereesion, Dereshen, n. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. derision, which is also illustrated in these Sc. usages.
1. An object of ridicule; a ridiculous or foolish creature or thing (Sh.11 1949). Used as a term of contempt. In use in Eng. 16th–18th cent.
Sh. 1906 T. P. Ollason Spindrift 44:
Is hit ony disgrace or wrang fir ta mak' da baest kirsen, doo boarn dereesion? Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.:
Susdu whatn a derision av a bonnet Meggi is gotten on. Sh. 1924 T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. III. 207:
I wonder what wid come o dis world if it wisna fur da weemen in it, to tak care an look efter an guide, yiss, an guide, dis dereeshans o men. [Vol. I. 68, dereesion; 130, dereeshin.]
¶2. A practical joke, a hoax.
Ayr. 1822 Galt Provost xxx.:
We feared that the authors of the derision would be found out.
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