Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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WILSHOCH, adj., n. Also wilshuch, wullshoch.

I. adj. 1. Perverse (Cld. 1825 Jam.).

2. Unpleasant to taste, unpalatable, harsh, bitter. m.Lth. 1858  Dark Night xix.:
I'm ettlin, . . . tae gi'e him a bit dreg o' medicin' o' some kind or ither; but there's nae gettin' ony wilshuch thing owre his throat.

II: n. A timid suitor (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 494, wullshoch).

[Will, adj., + -shoch, -Och, suff., 2.]

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