Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
SLOUSTER, v., n. Also slooster, sluister, slooshter, slowster; slewsther, sloosther (Uls.), shluster. [′sluster; Ags., Fif., s.Sc. †′slʌu-]
I. v. 1. To dabble in water or mud, to work untidily or messily, freq. with awa (Fif. 1825 Jam., slouster; Dmf. a.1838 Jam. MSS. X. 293, sluister; Uls. 1904 Uls. Jnl. Archaeol. 129; Ags., Fif., Uls. 1970). Vbl.n., ppl.adj. slousterin.
Dmf. a.1820 Border Mag. (Oct. 1896) 169:
Ye slowsterin' slink. Uls. 1953 Traynor:
What slousterin' are you at?
2. To swallow noisily and ungracefully, to gulp, slobber (Per. 1906 E.D.D. Suppl., shluster; Fif., Lnk. 1970).
3. To kiss in a sloppy way, to beslobber with kissing (Uls. 1930).
Uls. 1840 W. Carleton Shane Fadh's Wedding:
All kinds of slewsthering — men kissing men — women kissing women.
II. n. 1. Anything wet or messy. Adj. sluistry, wet, splashy; specif. a sloppy preparation of food or drink, a messy unpalatable concoction. (Slk. 1825 Jam., slouster).
Uls. 1804 J. Orr Poems (1935) 38:
Wha'er cam' in prescribed some sluister An' I must drink it. Gsw. 1868 J. Young Poems 83:
Showers o' sluistry sleet.
2. A rather wet or sloppy kiss (Uls. 1930).
Uls. 1840 W. Carleton Traits Peasantry 15:
Give me a slewsther, agrah, a sweet one!
3. A careless, messy person, an inefficient worker, a sloven (Slk. 1825 Jam.; Uls. 1953 Traynor, slouster; Fif., Ayr. 1970).
4. A flatterer, sycophant, wheedler (Uls.3 1947). Cf. Cumsloosh.
Uls. 1912 Northern Whig (14 June):
One of these was “slewshter” . . . It was generally addressed by a fond father to his little daughter who was trying to kiss a penny or some trifling benefit out of the old man.
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