Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
ONWAIT, v., n. Also -wyte (ne.Sc.). [′onwet; ne.Sc. -wəit]
I. v. In gerund, absol. or with for: the act of waiting for, on, awaiting, patient expectation; attendance, attention, nursing.
Sc. 1730 T. Boston Memoirs (1852) 358:
His remarks were, after long onwaiting for the returning of my MS., sent out to me by Mr. Hogg. Lth. 1851 M. Oliphant Merkland III. vi.:
A thing does not commonly succeed till it's tried; ay, tried with labour, zeal, and onwaiting. ne.Sc. 1888 D. Grant Keckleton 126:
To be sure John maintained that the change wis brocht aboot by mair judicious feedin' an' onwytin'.
II. n. The act of waiting, a long wait; a person requiring constant attendance, as in sickness, or who causes a long wait (ne.Sc. 1964).
Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 120:
We hid an unco on-wyte for thim; for they wir mair nor four oors ahin thir time. Abd. 1925 7 :
Of a paralytic who is confined to bed and requires constant attention, it will be said that he is a “gey on-wyte.” Bch. 1929 :
A doonricht onwyte, the weemin' folk fan they ging in till] a cloot or hat shop.
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