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DISJASKIT, -ET, adj. Also disjasked, -id, disjaiskit, dedzjaskit, -et, dejaustit. [dɪs′dʒɑskət Sc., Rxb. + -′dʒeskət, də′dʒɒstət]

1. Dejected, downcast, depressed (Sh.10 1948; n.Sc. 1808 Jam.; Bnff.2, Abd. correspondents, Fif.10, Lnk.11 1940; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Sh. 1924  T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. III. xlv.:
I saw the telegram in your hand and you sitting in what you would term a very . . . disjaskid attitude.
Ags. 1918  V. Jacob More Songs 33:
I'm fairly disjaskit, Christina, The warld an' its glories are toom.
Lth. 1925  C. P. Slater Marget Pow 130:
Poor felly! the last I saw of him he was lookin efter the steamer quite disjaskit.
Gsw. 1933  F. Niven Mrs Barry 120:
But the icy glitter of the slides quickly changed to a dark smear of mere dampness. Disaskit, forfoughten, these are the Scots words to describe how the children looked then.

2. (1) Dilapidated, neglected, broken-down, untidy (Sh.10 1948; Bnff.2, Abd.9, Ags.2, Fif.1, Kcb.10 1940); muddled (Ags.17 1940). Sc. 1816  Scott O. Mortality xli.:
Tak the first broken disjasked-looking road that makes for the hills.
Sc. 1835  Tait's Mag. (Aug.) 540:
I've got intil a bad habit o' writing lang disjasket sort o' sentences.
Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 40:
They fand the hoose a' disjaskit an' i' spullye.
Abd. 1865  G. Macdonald Alec Forbes III. i.:
The buiks are beginnin' to ken by this time what they're aboot; for sic a throuither disjaskit midden o' lere, I never saw.
Mearns 1933  “L. G. Gibbon” Cloud Howe iii. 201:
The old men mostly, disjaskèd, ill-dressed, with their white spinner faces.
Edb. 1872  J. Smith Jenny Blair's Maunderings (1881) 41:
An auld yellow cotton rag that he dignifies wi' the name o' a Sunday shirt! — the disjasket-lookin' crater!
Kcb. 1896  S. R. Crockett Grey Man xxxii.:
Keep your ill tongue for that disjaskit, ill-put-thegither rachle o' banes that ye hae for guidman.

(2) Exhausted, worn-out; weary-looking (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., dedzjasket; Sh.10 1948; Mry.1 1925; Bnff.2, Abd.19, Ags.2, Fif.10, Lnk.11 1940; Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot.; Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 173; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., disjaiskit, dejaustit). Sc. ? 1830  Scott Letters (1936) XI. 362:
They arrived . . . 24 hours out of time in a very disjasket condition.
Sc. 1923  R. MacRailt Hoolachan 29–30:
A' my bones broken, my nervous system sorely disjaskit.
Sh. 1947  New Shetlander (Aug.–Sept.) 19:
Dedzjaskit, a hairst time, wi' kruklin ta shaer.
ne.Sc. 1884  D. Grant Lays (1908) 114:
Drookit, dowie, an' disjaskit, Duncan left his dreepin' lair.
Hdg. 1902  J. Lumsden Toorle, etc. 73:
He's sair, sair ta'en in, an's lookin' meeserable an' disjaskit an' forfoch'en.

[Of uncertain origin. Despite locale and chronology the word may be from a palatalised form of Daisket, q.v., with the intensive prefix dis-. Cf. Forjaskit and Jaskit.]

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