Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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DITHER, v. and n. Sc. usages.

1. v. To hesitate, to be in a state of uncertainty; to dally (Abd.19, Fif.1 1940; Dwn. 1931 “Gawney Katey” in North. Whig (5 Dec.) 13/3). Per. c.1920  (per Ags.5):
He dithered aboot gaen. He dithered on the road.

2. n. A tremor, vibration. Ags. 1940 17 :
You may feel the dither of a bar or rod when it is struck or is used to strike something hard.

[A variant of Didder, q.v. The word seems to be a recent importation from Eng. dial.]

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