Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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WILE, adj. Also wyle. Sc. form of Eng. vile. Used jocularly in 1754 quot., but in others implying wickedness, malevolence, supernatural evil (Abd. 1825 Jam.). See also Vild, P.L.D. § 137.1., and W, letter, 5. Abd. 1754  R. Forbes Journal 24:
The wile limmer was sae dozen'd an' funi'd wi' cauld.
Sc. 1783  Lass of Roch Royal in
Child Ballads No. 76 D. xi.:
You've na come here for gude; You're but a witch or wile warlock.
Sc. 1819  J. Rennie St Patrick II. x.:
Let go my arm this meenit, ye wyle wurf-like wuddiefu' o sin.
Abd. 1925  Greig and Keith Last Leaves 268:
Gin ye marry that wile woman, My malisons drown ye in Gamrie.

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"Wile adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Dec 2017 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/wile_adj>

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