Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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JUIST, adv. Also joost; juest, jeust (Ork.), jöst (Sh.); jist, jeest, je(i)st; jis (Hdg. 1876 J. Teenan Song and Satire 27); joust (Dmf. 1830 R. Broun Mem. Curl. Mab. 72); see Duist for other forms. [I. and m.Sc. dʒøst, dʒyst, dʒɪst; ne.Sc. + dʒist; Kcd., Gall. + dʒust. For the phonetics, cf. Judge, Justice, Jupe, n.1, Jute.]

Sc. forms and usages of Eng. just: really, quite, absolutely, simply; differing from Eng. in implying no less than, as opposed to no more than, a specified degree, and very freq., esp. in ne.Sc., following and not preceding the word it modifies. Hence used as an emphatic asseverative: indeed, truly; and in phrs. juist (that) (na), freq. in answers: quite, quite so, exactly, precisely. Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 17:
They were a' just like to eat their thumb That he wi' her sae far ben should a come.
Ags. 1868  G. Webster Strathbrachan II. 351:
“Justna, justna”, said the hostess, “Nae doubt ye've a grand up-pitting.”
Lnl. 1880  T. Orrock Fortha's Lyrics 30:
“Weel-a-weel, I'll jist say yer no coming, then, Danny.” “Jist that, Joseph.”
Ayr. 1887  J. Service Dr Duguid 215:
This is a true story, for I've heard 'm tell't mysel', oh! fifty 'ear sin' feckly, juist.
Abd. 1892  Innes Review (Spring 1956) 23:
I took a drammie that time, for I was geeled jist.
m.Sc. 1893  A. S. Swan Homespun v.:
“I suppose he'll jist stap in to your fireside, Marget?” “Jist that.”
Ayr. 1895  H. Ochiltree Redburn ix.:
“She's gi'en the hoose a bit redd up. Things were back a wee, inside, ye ken.” “Juist that na.”
s.Sc. 1901  N.E.D.:
You did not take it. I did just.
Bch. 1949  W. R. Melvin Poems 99:
Yon Navy boykee that's gunner aboord My boat is nae eese ava', jist.

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"Juist adv.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Dec 2018 <>



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