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DOILT, ppl.adj. Also doil'd, doyl'd, doylt, diled, -et, d(e)ylt, dyl'd, †dilde and irreg. doiltit (Rnf. 1813 J. MacIndoe Wandering Muse 75).

1. Dazed, confused; stupid, crazed (Sh.10 1949; Abd. 1790 A. Shirrefs Poems, Gl.; Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 182, doyl'd; Dmf. 1948 (per Abd.27); Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.). Also rarely in inf. which may be a back-formation. Sc. 1721  in Ramsay Poems 203:
Accept my third and last Essay . . . Bright Ramsay, . . . altho it may Seem doilt and donsie.
Sc. 1814  Scott Waverley (1817) xxx.:
“Ye doil'd dotard,” replied his gentle helpmate.
Bnff. 1927  E. S. Rae Hansel fae Hame 15:
Ye're diled wi' din, your een are sair.
Edb. 1791  J. Learmont Poems 57:
He was a chield at kirk or fair Was ne'er dung doil'd wi' warl's care.
Lnk. 1887  A. Wardrop Mid-Cauther Fair 10:
The maister was as dour an' doilt's the kye.
Ayr. 1786  Burns Sc. Drink xv.:
Wae worth that Brandy, burnan trash! . . . Twins monie a poor, doylt, drunken hash O' half his days.
Dmf. 1877  R. W. Thom Jock o' the Knowe 21:
Sat blawing in the dyl'd Laird's ear, That imp o' Satan, Rab McClaw.
Rxb. 1847  J. Halliday Rustic Bard 152:
Her pawkie joke, and sleekie wile, Lose hauf their power the head to dile, And haud the heart.
Slk. a.1835  Hogg Poems (1852) 182:
[It] maks a body dilde and ditted.

2. Wearied, fatigued; “broken down with sorrow” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff., dylt; Abd.27 1948), having a worried or ill-used expression (Abd.7 1925, dilet); “subdued in manner” (Mry.1 1925, deylt). Bnff. 1930  E. S. Rae Waff o' Win' 63:
But ma countra he'rt's sae weary, Dazed ma een and diled ma fret.
Per. [1753]  A. Nicol Poems (1766) 34:
Haith I'm doild, because 'tis so, That she is high and I am mean.
Edb. 1773  R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 40:
A warm and canny lean for weary banes O' lab'rers doil'd upo' the wintry leas.
Rnf. 1807  R. Tannahill Poems 103:
Yet mony a puir, doilt, service body Will scrimp his stomach o' its crowdy.

3. Harassed with over-attention, over-petted (Abd.9 1940). Bnff. 1928 2 :
She's jist speylin' the loon; I niver saw sic a dile't bairn.

4. Used as a n. = a foolish old man. Rare. Sh. 1901  Sh. News (7 Sept.):
Doo needna be blate fir me, a auld married doilt.

[O.Sc. has doillit, spiritless and dull, stupid, 1513, doyld, c.1550. Of uncertain origin. It may be from the same origin as Dool, n.1, either as a variant (cf. Mid.Eng. forms doil(e), doyl(le) in 14–15th cent.), or as a doublet from a later Fr. borrowing: O.Fr. duel, dol, dul (14th cent.), duil, dueil (16–17th cent.), Mod.Fr. deuil, grief, Lat. dol-ēre, to grieve.]

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"Doilt ppl. adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 Mar 2018 <>



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