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WINDOW, n. Also Sc. forms winda (Mry. 1830 T. D. Lauder Moray Floods (1873) 99; Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) 16: Dmf. 1914 J. L. Waugh Cracks wi' R. Doo 49; Abd. 1928 Abd. Weekly Jnl. (8 Aug.) 6; ne., wm.Sc. 1974), windae (Lnl. 1910 J. White Eppie Gray 6, Abd. 1931 D. Campbell Uncle Andie 6, Gsw. 1950 H. W. Pryde McFlannel Family Affairs 47; Lth. 1974), windie (Sc. 1745 T. L. K. Oliphant Lairds of Gask (1870) 128, 1799 Scots Mag. (July) 470, Gay Goshawk in Child Ballads No. 96 D. iii., Peb. 1929 Sc. Readings (Paterson) 85), windy (m.Sc. 1927 J. Buchan Witch Wood vii.; Fif. 1933 J. Ressich Thir Braw Days 99; Fif. 1974), windey (Rnf. 1923 G. Blake Mince Collop Close i.); wundaw (Sc. 1858 H. S. Riddell Song of Solomon ii. 9), wunda (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.), wundow (Kcb. 1893 Crockett Raiders xxxvi.; Abd. 1926 Abd. Univ. Review (July) 222), wundo (Mry. 1830 T. D. Lauder Moray Floods 256), wundae (Lnk. 1923 G. Rae Lowland Hills 70; Fif., Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 275; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein, Rxb. 1942 Zai; em.Sc. (b) 1974); wundy (Edb. 1866 J. Smith Merry Bridal 25; Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 276: Rxb. 1942 Zai), wundey (Uls. 1879 “Robin” Readings 20); ¶wondy (Rnf. 1930 A. M. Stewart Stickleback Club 323): †vindo (Bnff. 1702 Ann. Bnff. (S.C.) I. 173). Double dim. forms windockie (Abd. 1905 W. Watson Auld Lang Syne 174), wundockie (Abd. 1955 W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick xxx.). For other Sc. forms see Winnock. [′wɪndə, ′wʌndə; em.Sc. (b) ′wɪnde, ′wʌnde; ′wɪndi, ′wʌndi]

Sc. usages: 1. In combs.: (1) window-bink, a window-seat or bench. See Bink, n.1, 2.; (2) window-bole, an opening in an outer wall of a house to admit light, the lower half of which was freq. unglazed with wooden shutters only (Sc. 1825 Jam.: Ags., Per. 1974). See Bole, n.1, 2.; (3) window-bro(a)d, -board, a window-shutter (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Abd., Per. 1974). Also in Eng. dial.; (4) window-cheek, the side of a window (ne.Sc. 1974). See Cheek, n., 1.: (5) wunda-chess, a window-sash (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Sh., Fif., Lth., Lnk. 1974). See Chess, n.2, 2.; (6) window-claith. a curtain for a window, gen. covering the lower half only. Also in Eng. dial.; (7) window-pace, a sash-weight in a window; (8) windy-sneck, a window-catch (I., ne.Sc. 1974); (9) window-sole, a window-sill. Gen.Sc. See also Sole, n., 4.(7); (10) window-stane, a stone window-sill (Ork. 1974). Also U.S.; (11) wunda-swalla, the house-martin, Delichon urbica (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Fif., Lth. 1974). Also in Nhb. dial.; (12) window-watcher, a kind of hard-biscuit. Of unexplained orig. (1) Fif. 1831  Fife Herald (21 April):
That widely circulated register, which is to be seen lying on the window-bink of almost every cottage.
(2) Sc. 1816  Scott O. Mortality vii.:
I was out at the window-bole when your auld back was turned.
Sc. 1827  C. I. Johnstone Eliz. de Bruce I. ix.:
Taxing the very blessed light, whilk the Almighty sends down free frae His heavens through a puir widow's window bole!
Rxb. 1897  E. Hamilton Outlaws xiii.:
My lord walked to the window-bole and looked out.
(3) Wgt. 1712  Session Rec. Whithorn MS. (22 June):
The said Ballie did come to the back window of her house and thrust up the window broads and asked for William Kniblo.
Sc. 1776  D. Herd Sc. Songs II. 215:
It was in and through the window-broads, And a' the tirlie wirlies o'd.
Sc. 1823  J. Baillie Poems 295:
The seam'd window-board betrays Interior light.
Ags. 1860  A. Whamond James Tacket iii.:
The window consisted of four small panes and two “window brods.”
Ayr. 1913  J. Service Memorables 2:
The wind was tirlin' at the pin, an' rattlin' on the window-brod.
(4) Abd. 1924  Gsw. Ballad Club IV. 31:
Hither cam ane to his window cheek.
(6)  1817  Blackwood's Mag. (Sept.) 619:
A ‘grim visage' staring out past a window-claith, or sort of curtain.
(7) Sc. 1781  Caled. Mercury (1 Dec.):
Coal-backets and Fire-pans, Clock and Window Paces.
(8) Ags. 1921  V. Jacob Bonnie Joann 37:
Lowse ye the windy-sneck a wheen.
(9) m.Lth. 1828  D. M. Moir Mansie Wauch xxv.:
All the window-soles white washed over with frost rind.
s.Sc. 1837  Wilson's Tales of the Borders IV. 34:
Lilly Hume took away his wallets, and laid them in a window-sole at his back.
Kcb. 1897  Crockett Lad's Love xiii.:
She'll rise wi' a licht heart to speak doon to ye frae her window-sole.
Sh. 1898  J. Burgess Tang 29:
Here upo da window-sole or ower yondru.
Ags. 1948  Forfar Dispatch (21 Sept.):
She puit it oot on the winda-sole tae cuil and it disappeared.
(10) Bwk. 1862  J. G. Smith Old Churchyard 87:
Sae waesomely the robin chirp'd Upon our window-stane.
(12) Edb. 1870  J. Smith Jenny Blair 11:
A peck o' peese-meel to mak brose, six window-watchers as hard as airn.

2. Any opening in a room other than a door; a small recess in the wall of a room used for storing small articles (Cai. 1905 E.D.D.).

[O.Sc. windo-bredd, 1558.]

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