Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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WANSONSY, adj. Also -ie. Mischievous, unpleasant, treacherous (Sc. 1825 Jam.). Rare and liter. Sc. c.1710  Jacob. Minstrelsy (Hogg 1819) I. 70:
We'll learn ye to be douce, Ye auld wansonsy bitch.
s.Sc. 1857  H. S. Riddell Psalms xxxviii. 12:
Thaye that seik my skaith speik wansonsie things, an' imagin deceits a' the daye lang.

[Wan-, pref., + Sonsie, 1. Cf. also Unsonsie. O.Sc. wansonsie, 1641.]

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