Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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WANWEIRD, n. An unhappy fate, hard lot (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Ppl.adj. wanweirdit, ill-fated, unfortunate. Deriv. wanweirdy, mischievous, trouble-making. Liter. s.Sc. 1803  Scott Minstrelsy III. 361:
Nor wit nor pow'r put aff the hour, For his wanweird decreed.
Cld. 1818  Scots Mag. (Aug.) 158:
Was it not aneuch, wanweirdit woman, that ye sould hae been servit wi' meat and drink, but ye boud alsae pry into things on whilk ye maunna turn your ee?
Bnff. 1852  A. Harper Solitary Hours 55:
Gif black wanweird do not prevent.
Ags. 1880  Brechin Advert. (30 March) 3:
Love's wee wanweirdy bowman.

[O.Sc. wanwerd, id., 1513, < Wan-, pref., + Weird.]

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