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THRIST, n.1, v.1 Also thrust-; I.Sc. trist. Sc. met. forms of Eng. thirst (Sc. 1825 Jam.; I. and ne.Sc. 1972). Obs. in Eng. since the late 16th c. Hence thristiness, thirstiness, thristie, -y, thrusty, thirsty (Id.). [θrɪst; I.Sc. trɪst]

I. n. As in Eng. Abd. 1768  in A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 5:
May thrist thy thrapple never gizzen!
Sh. 1815  Sh. Advertiser (6 Jan. 1862):
I wiz klumsin wi' trist, lekkan ta pearish we hungar.
Ayr. 1822  H. Ainslie Pilgrimage 195:
A bait by the way-side, to catch thristy sinners.
Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 212:
An auld moon mist never dees o' thrist.
Sc. 1831  Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) III. 199:
Awmrose, ma man, I'm thrusty — yill.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xxx.:
Ye maun be thristy as weel's tir't.
Abd. 1955  W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick vi.:
Fine caller watter tae slyock ma thrist.

II. v. 1. As in Eng., to thirst (Sc. 1825 Jam.; I. and ne.Sc. 1972). Ayr. 1786  Burns Jolly Beggars Recit. 7. iii.:
He had no wish but — to be glad, Nor want but — when he thristed.
Abd. 1928  J. Baxter A' Ae 'Oo' 15:
Stirkies thristin' i' the burn.

2. To make thirsty (Sh. 1972). Sh. 1901  Shetland News (27 April):
Yon corne o' saut pork 'ill be tristin' you.

[O.Sc. thrist, n., v., a.1400.]

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