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INHAUD, n., v. Also inhad(d), inhaad. [′ɪnhd, -hɑd]

I. n. A bare sufficiency, just enough to sustain life, esp. in phr. inhad o life (Sh. 1958). Sh. 1914  Angus Gl.:
“Got ye enoch a meat yonder?” “We just got a inhad a life, an dat was aa.”
Sh. 1952  J. Hunter Taen wi da Trow 126:
An on da loom just cudna mak Inhadd o life ava.

II. v. To hold in, only in inhaudin, 1. vbl.n. frugality, parsimony (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.; Abd. 1958). Cf. Haud, B. 7. (3); 2. ppl.adj. (1) in a pass. sense, of fuel: requiring constant replenishment; (2) frugal, parsimonious, stingy (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 88; Abd. 1958); (3) currying favour, toadying, obsequious (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 88; Cai., ne.Sc., Ags., Fif. 1958). Cf. phr. to haud in wi, s.v. Haud, B. 9. 2. (1) n.Sc. 1808  Jam.:
That kind of fuel is called inhaddin eldin, which must be constantly held in to the fire, because so quickly consumed; as furze, thorns, etc.
(2) Per. 1774  MS. per
For some say he's a niggart chiel', An' as inhaddin as the de'il.
Sc. 1897  L. Keith Bonnie Lady iii.:
My lady, as we say, is an ill-set body, and inhadden too, in the matter of hospitality.
(3) Abd. 1824  G. Smith Douglas 104:
O! curse, I cried, on this in-hadin' way.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xxxv.:
Though an inhaudin', unedicat taupie chiel in a kwintra chop sud be garrin' 'er troo that he's wantin 'er.
Bnff. 1937  E. S. Rae Light in the Window 14:
She's a sleekit, snichlin', inhaudin' snite.

Hence inhauder, one who curries favour, a toady (ne.Sc. 1958).

[In, adv. + Haud. O.Sc. inhald, to hold in, 1478.]

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