Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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SWEIRT, adj. Also sweart, sweert, sweir(e)d, sweer(e)d, sweard. A ppl. form developed from Sweir, lazy, sluggish, loath, reluctant (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Ayr. 1923 Wilson Dial. Burns 188; Sh., ne. and m.Sc. 1972). Hence sweirdness, laziness, reluctance (ne.Sc. 1972). [swi:rt, swi:rd. See D, 5.] Peb. 1817  R. Brown Comic Poems 167:
Sweered, yet willing when so pat Revenge . . . thus tempting lay.
Ayr. 1823  Galt Gathering of West 280:
“We're swithering,” replied Mrs M'Auslan, “for the gudeman's unco sweart.”
s.Sc. 1839  Wilson's Tales of the Borders V. 268:
I'm unco sweert to part wi't.
Sc. 1862  A. Hislop Proverbs 248:
Pride an' sweer'dness need muckle uphaudin.
Edb. 1900  E. H. Strain Elmslie's Drag-net 11:
She's slack, an' she's sweerd.
Cai. 1930  John o' Groat Jnl. (10 Jan.):
A'm sweert to come oot ower.
Ags. 1950  C. Carsewell Lying Awake 139:
Auld age disna come its lane. Gin it bring naething else it brings sweirdness.
Rnf. 1957  Port Glasgow Courier (19 Jan.):
Gey sweert to travel on the Clune Brae by bus during the present icy conditions.

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"Sweirt adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Oct 2018 <>



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