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LICHTLIE, v., n., adj. Also -ly, lightlie, -y; lightilly (Sc. 1776 D. Herd Sc. Songs I. 144). [′lɪtlɪ]

I. v. 1. To make light of, to scorn, belittle, slight, disparage (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Cai. 1902 E.D.D.; ne.Sc., Ags., Per., Lnk. 1960). Mry. 1715  E. D. Dunbar Documents (1895) 18:
No burgess or inhabitant misregard condemn or lightlie any Magestrate or Counsellor of said Burgh.
Sc. 1726  Ramsay T.-T. Misc. (1876) I. 211:
The man who is prudent, ne'er lightlies his wife.
Edb. 1773  Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 86:
Some daft lightlyin quean had stow'n your heart.
Ayr. 1791  Burns O Whistle an' I'll come iii.:
Whyles ye may lightly my beauty a wee.
Ags. 1815  G. Beattie Poems (1882) 168:
They'd gar'd a lightlied lover greet.
Sc. 1817  Scott Rob Roy xxxiv.:
She kend far ower mony secrets to be lightlied in a matter o' that kind.
Abd. 1863  G. Macdonald D. Elginbrod xiii.:
I dinna thenk I can be in muckle danger o' lichtlyin' him.
Fif. 1895  G. Setoun Sunshine & Haar ix. iv.:
Ye mauna lightly a hoast.
Arg. 1896  N. Munro Lost Pibroch (1935) 124:
If I thought there was a slight and that I was being lightlied.
Kcb. 1911  Crockett Rose of the Wilderness xii.:
Never a responsible person to see that she wasna lichtlied by thae city folk!
m.Sc. 1924  O. Douglas Pink Sugar xxvii.:
I'm no' lichtlying the laird … but for a' that I wadna fancy him masel'.

2. Of a bird: to forsake (its nest) (Sc. 1825 Jam.).

II. n. 1. The act of scorning or disparaging, a slight. Hence lichtliefow, haughty, slighting, scornful (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 105; ne.Sc. 1960). Adv. ¶lichtlifee (by confusion with next word below), scornfully. Sc. 1710  T. Ruddiman Gl. to Douglas Aeneis:
As good give the lightly as get it.
Fif. 1883  W. D. Latto Bodkin Papers xxvi.:
I never kent what it was to get the lichtlie mysel'.
Abd. 1924  Swatches o' Hamespun 73:
Aw winder at ye flinging by sae lichtlifee, sic a bonnie, dacent lassie as yon!
Abd. 1952  :
Ye're awfu lichtlyfu o't = You are making little of it, you are contemptuous of it, you are not very grateful for it.

2. That which makes light or pleasant; specif. a relish, a Kitchen to a meal, as meat or butter (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.). Rather an independent deriv. from Licht, adj.2

III. adj. Contemptuous, depreciatory (Sc. 1880 Jam.). Obs. in Eng.

[O.Sc. lichtly, to disdain, a.1400, lychtly, scornful, 1456, O.E. leohtlic, slight, unimportant, contemptible. From Licht, adj.2]

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