Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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DOIL, n.2 Also doyl, dile. Sorrow. Bnff. 1927  E. S. Rae Hansel fae Hame 24:
I was bred faur the body kens nae want An' the sowl kens nae dile.

Hence 1. doilsome, gloomy, mournful; 2. doylach, -och, a stupid or crazy person. 1. Cai. 1776  Weekly Mag. (25 Jan.) 145:
An' whistlin' by December's doilsome day, While Phœbus an' the spring are far away.
2. Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 375:
The which son [of Paul Jones] yet lives. but is ratherly a doyloch.
Gall. 1901  Trotter Gall. Gossip 60:
There wus a kin o' a doylach they ca't Gib M'Jiltroch . . . an they made him President.

[Prob. a variant of Dool, n.1; see further note to Doilt, below.]

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