Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
DOIST, DYST, n., v., adv. Also doyst, deish(t), deist, doish(t), †doyce. [dɔɪst, dəist, dɔɪʃ(t), dəiʃ(t)]
1. n. A heavy blow; a thud, a bump (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., dyst; Abd. 1790 A. Shirrefs Poems, Gl., doyst; Mearns6 1949, dyst; Ags. 1808 Jam., doyce).
Abd. 1926 L. Coutts Lyrics, etc. 21:
The lassie syed er milkin An set doon er pails wi a dyst. Abd. 1948 2 :
Did you hear the doisht an' doishtin' in the sheep cote last nicht? 'Twas jeest like a man at the flail. Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) xiii.:
I took Sandy a doish i' the back wi' my umberell. Ags. 1940 17 :
Remark of an old lady in Edinburgh castle to her soldier son who had explained to her that a gun she had just heard was “sunset”: — “Losh! I didna ken that the sun gaed doun wi' a deish like that in Edinbory.”
2. v., tr. and intr. “To give a dull heavy stroke” (Ags. 1808 Jam.); to fall, sit or throw down with a heavy thud (Abd. 1825 Jam.2, doyst; Mearns6 1949), to bump; of waves: to buffet (Ayr.9 1949, doist).
Bnff. 1929 Bnffsh. Jnl. (1 Oct.) 2/4:
Bit the twa o's got dystit doon on a seat weel back. Abd. 1916 T.S.D.C. II.:
Deisht doon yer pack. Abd. 1941 (per Abd.26):
An Aberdeenshire lad, visiting a brother in London during the heavy air raids, was amazed to find him quite indifferent to danger and wrote home: “ — gaes aboot an' the bombs jist dystin' doon a' roon.” Bch. 1943 W. Spence Forsyth Guff o' Waur 52:
He coontit oot some metal rings and laid them in a line, Syne dystit them thegither on the fleer. Bch. 1946 J. C. Milne Orra Loon 2:
Reistit on a load o' rakins That gangs deistin' ower the stanes.
3. adv. With a bump, with a crash.
Abd. 1910 13 :
When the children are all running about, there is always someone coming “doist at yer elbick.” Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) xiii.:
The train gae a shoag . . . and brocht a tin box doish doon on his heid.
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