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SICLIKE, adj., n., adv. Also si(c)k-, seek-(Ork.), -lyk(e), -lek, -lik, and erron. -likes in reduced form s'likes. [sɪk′ləik, rarely ′sɪk-]

I. adj. 1. Similar, of the same kind, such (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Cai. 1904 E.D.D.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Fif., Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 265; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein). Gen.Sc. For sic-a-like, sic and siclike, see Sic, IV. 2., 5. Followed by as when the comparison is expressed. Sc. 1730  Records Conv. Burghs (B.R.S.) 516:
Sicklyke execution shall pass against the said burghs.
Abd. p.1768  A. Ross Works (S.T.S.) 182:
To kaim his head and sicklike things as these.
Ayr. 1786  Burns Twa Dogs 64:
Sauce, ragouts, an' sic like trashtrie.
Sc. 1818  Scott H. Midlothian xxx.:
I whiles dinna think it has been ever weel wi' my mother and me since we kept sic-like company.
Abd. 1844  W. Thom Rhymes 43:
Siclike the nicht, siclike the hour, Siclike the wae they ken.
Ags. 1894  J. B. Salmond Bawbee Bowden (1922) 128:
I windered whether Sandy cud hae dune onything to meet a sic-like fate.
Mry. 1897  J. Mackinnon Braefoot Sk. 123:
It's jist aboot twenty year ago sin' we had the awfu' winter. It begood wi' a storm siclike's this.
Ork. 1908  Old-Lore Misc. I. viii. 327:
Tae sheut wild deuks or tammynorries an' ither seeklike fools.
Wgt. 1912  A.O.W.B. Fablesfrae French 21:
There's monie men siclike, an' that we ken, Wha get a haud o' wark o' ither men.
Ags. 1921  A. S. Neill Carroty Broon xviii.:
A teapot or spoons or a silver cream-jug or something s' likes.
Bnff. 1957  Banffshire Jnl. (15 Jan.):
His kwite wis raggit, patched an' worn, His breeks were jist sic-like.

2. In regard to health, condition, quality, etc., much of a muchness, much about the same, often implying so-so, middling, indifferent (Sh., ne.Sc., Ags., Slg., Peb., Bwk., Ayr., Kcb., Dmf. 1970). Ags. 1959  :
Fu are ye, Ellen? Oh, jist siclike.

II. pron. Such kind of thing(s) or person(s). Gen.Sc. Used as n. in Galt quot. Sc. 1752  Session Papers, Forbes v. Grant (1 June) 31:
Questions as to the Place of his Birth, his Employment and sicklike.
Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 118:
That or sick like's the maist that she can do.
Ayr. 1788  Burns Letters (Ferguson) No. 218:
The old Scots phrase — “To gie sic-like as we get.”
Sc. 1822  Scott F. Nigel vii.:
Yon divine has another airt from powerful Master Rollock, and Mess David Black, of North Leith, and sic-like.
Ayr. 1822  Galt Entail lv.:
I can tell you o' naething but the sic like about him.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb iii.:
Among a horde of old shoes, dilapidated brooms and “siclike”.
Ags. 1894  J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) 75:
I took him wi's juist to explain — aboot the bats an' wickets an' sic like.
Sh. 1915  Old-Lore Misc. VIII. i. 61:
Knockin ower stöills, daffiks, creepies an' sik-lik.
Abd. 1930 1 :
The twa o' them war niver sinnrie — like draws to siclike.

III. adv. †1. Introducing a subsequent detail in an enumeration: likewise, item. Gsw. 1700  Charters City Gsw. (1906) 282:
And sicklyke, the said provost, baillies and council of the burgh of Dumbartoun and deacons of crafts, . . . .
Sc. 1715  Session Papers, Petition J. Dalrymple (7 Feb. 1738) 5:
And Siklike, All and Haill the Tiend-Sheaves great and small, Parsonage and Vicarage, of the haill Lands.
Edb. 1759  Edb. Chronicle (17 May):
And siclike an Inclosure of about two acres of ground, lying to the east of said Mansion house.

2. In the same way, similarly, in like manner (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Sh., ne., em.Sc.(a), wm.Sc., Kcb. 1970). Siclikes below represents siclike as, just as, as for instance. Fif. 1703  L. Macbean Kirkcaldy Burgh Rec. (1908) 221:
To hold their several offices sicklyke and in the same mainer as they did.
Edb. 1773  Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 215:
Sicklike some weary wight will fill His kyte wi' Drogs frae doctor's Bill.
Abd. 1851  Apollodora North. Tales ii. 11:
There's sour milk and stinking whey, An' a' ither thing sic like.
Sc. 1888  Brit. Workman (May):
An' siclyke it is wi' the Heavenly Word.
Abd. 1909  J. Tennant Jeannie Jaffray 202:
They micht aye invite aul' servan's o' the kirk like oorsel's to dinner alang wi' ithers, sic-likes at the visitation an' communion times.
ne.Sc. 1961  People's Jnl. (2 Sept.) 7:
Sic likes masel', Mrs Ross is a North Country wumman.

[Sic, adj., + Like, adj., adv. O.Sc. siclike, adj., 1409, pron., 1474, adv., 1486.]

Siclike adj., n., adv.

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