Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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VILD, adj. Also vilde (Sc. 1805 Scott Last Minstrel iii. xiii.), vyld (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl. Sh. 1973). Sc. forms, with excrescent -d, of Eng. vile (Sc. 1748 J. Thomson Castle of Indolence II. xxvi.). Freq. in Sh. usage in a gen. pejorative sense: unpleasant, disagreeable, portending evil or mischief, disgusting, filthy (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.).

Deriv. vyldness, dirt, filth (Id.). Sh. 1836  Gentleman's Mag. II. 589:
O dwyne yun fasin, gin hit beena da vyldest itt ivvir dere faan apun yitt.
Sh. 1919  T. Manson Peat Comm. 75:
Ta steer clear o dis vild marjarine.
Sh. 1933  J. Nicolson Hentilagets 19:
What a vyld-looking mön, Tak ye my wird, da fine wadder is döne.
Sh. 1952  J. Hunter Taen wi da Trow 23:
Twa vild black corbies cam whirlin faerce An corpin abün wir head.

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"Vild adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Mar 2018 <>



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