Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
I. n. 1. Gen.(exc. s.)Sc. form of Eng. oil. See P.L.D. §§ 46, 105.2. Also in combs. with -cake, -skin, etc.
Sc. 1827 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 316:
He should leave the iles and keep to water-colours. Cai. 1872 M. Maclennan Peasant Life 183:
Ye maun hae maid awa' wi' the ile-cake! Edb. 1895 J. Tweeddale Moff 36:
Nae doot, Laird, you that's stiff rich will be a heavy shareholder in iles? Abd. 1914 J. Leatham Daavit 118:
It's my funcshin ti pooer ile on the trouble't waters. Gsw. 1947 H. W. Pryde 1st Bk. McFlannels i.:
If you ever see ony sign o' me sayin' Ah'll lay ilecloth again. Bch. 1949 W. R. Melvin Poems 37:
Blue ribbons on the guttin' cogs, An ileskins green an' pink.
Hence ilie, iley, adj., oily. Also used subst. as a shortened form of iliecoat, an oilskin worn by sailors (Bnff., Bwk. 1958). Comb. ilie water, a patch of smooth water with a choppy sea all round it (Mry. 1925).
Lth. 1894 P. H. Hunter J. Inwick vi.:
Ay, I ken them; rub your heid wi' an ily stick, an' cut your throat ahint your back.
II. v. As in Eng.: to lubricate with oil. Gen.Sc.; to turn to oil.
Abd. 1928 J. Baxter A' Ae 'Oo' 14:
An' butter iles that's jist new kirn't.
Phr.: †to oil one's lug, to make flattering speeches; to pay compliments.
Edb. 1843 J. Ballantine Gaberlunzie i.:
What for will ye be . . . oiling my lugs wi' your slippery tongue at that rate?
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