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WEEL-FAURED, ppl.adj. Also -faurd, -fa(a)rd, -farred, -faurt, -fairt (Ayr. 1833 Galt Howdie (1923) 64). Sc. forms of Eng. well-favoured. See Faur, Ill-faured. Of persons: good-looking, handsome (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Per., Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1915–26 Wilson; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein, Rxb. 1942 Zai), also weel-fardy, id. Gen.Sc.; decent, respectable; also of things: pleasant to look at, attractive, handsomely-made. Hence weel-faurtness, handsomeness, good looks (Sc. 1825 Jam.). Sc. 1732  Ramsay T.-T. Misc. (1876) IV. 241:
As soon as they saw her well-far'd face, They coost the glamer o'er her.
Lnk. a.1779  D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 55:
She's a weel far'd lusty hissy.
Ayr. 1787  Burns Letters (Fergusson) No. 112:
Monie a guid fallow, and monie a weel-far'd hizzie.
Sc. 1816  Scott Antiquary xv.:
A weel fa'ard lad he is.
Cai. 1829  J. Hay Poems 73:
The stout weel fardy sonsy dame.
Slk. a.1835  Hogg Tales (1874) 591:
It will be a grand fortune to ony bit weelfaurd lass bairn to get three lordships.
Kcb. 1885  A. J. Armstrong Friend and Foe xxvii:
It's no muckle wunner the lassie fell in love wi' yow, for ye're a weel-faured chiel.
Ags. 1894  J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) 24:
It's no' like the thing ava for weel-faur'd fowk to do naething but trail aboot sing-singin' week-in week-oot.
Ork. 1908  Old-Lore Misc. I. vi. 224:
Dey waar better folk dan nor noo, an' is weel farred.
em.Sc. 1920  J. Black Airtin' Hame 24:
We had a weel-faured hoose to let.
Abd. 1921  Swatches o' Hamespun 10:
Meggie hedna nae weel-faurtness tae blaw aboot.
Mry. 1922  Swatches o' Hamespun 20:
Hoo prood they were o' Tam an' his weel-faurt menners.

Adv. weelfa(u)rdly, in a decent, proper or pleasant manner, handsomely (Sc. 1825 Jam.), ironically in 1822 quot.; politely; “avowedly, as opposed to any clandestine measure” (Ib.); “with a good grace” (Abd. 1790 A. Shirreffs Poems Gl.). Edb. 1773  Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 88:
Whan I shoot my nose in, ten to ane If I weelfardly see my ane hearthstane.
Dmf. 1822  Scots Mag. (Sept.) 309:
Nithsdale aik can clour a fallow's croun just as weel-faurdly as Gallowa' crabtree.
Ags. 1858  People's Journal (1 May) 2:
If they really can weelfaurdly afford to mainteen their families at hame.
Fif. 1864  W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xxxi.:
I could nae langer weel-faurdly resist the pressure o' his invitations.
Sh. 1897  Shetland News (5 June):
Deil tak' me if ever [I heard] o' onyeen weel faurdly fantin' demsels ta deth till da day!

[O.Sc. weill-fairde, 1535.]

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"Weel-faured ppl. adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 22 Oct 2018 <>



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