DSL - SND1 WICHT, adj., adv. Also wight. Sc. forms and usages of arch. Eng. wight. Only poet. [wIt]
I. adj. 1. As in Eng. Of warriors, etc.: valiant, bold, courageous, stout; spirited. Traditionally an epithet of Sir William Wallace (see Wallace (S.T.S.) passim). Hence wightness, boldness, valour.
*Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 6:
A Wight Man never wanted a Weapon. A man of sense, and good presence of Mind, will never want means to carry on his Business, but will make a Tool of the first thing that comes to his Hands.
*Abd. 1748 R. Forbes Ajax 3, 7:
The wight an' doughty captains a'. . . . Gin my wightness doubted were.
*Sc. 1784 in G. Caw Museum 197:
Had he been as wight as Wallace was.
*Dmf. 1820 Hogg Winter Ev. Tales I. 266:
Thou'lt hae ilka wight chap to fight atween the head o' Liddal an' the fit o' Cannobie.
*Sc. 1823 Scott Q. Durward xxxvii.:
He would venture his nephew on him were he as wight as Wallace.
*Ayr. 1892 H. Ainslie Pilgrimage 236:
Noo Keir was wight, an' tho' nae knight, Could handle targe an' glaive.
*m.Sc. 1917 J. Buchan Poems 34:
When I was young and herdit sheep, I read auld tales o' Wallace wight.
2. (1) Of persons or animals, esp. horses: sturdy, vigorous, brisk, energetic. nimble (Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. Gl.). Adv. wichtly. Deriv. wightsman, poss. erron. for wight man, a sturdy active man. if not in sense 1. above.
*Ayr. 1785 Burns On R. Ruisseaux iii.:
Tho' he was bred to kintra-wark. And counted was baith wight and stark.
*Ayr. 1786 Burns Inventory 8:
My lan'-afore's a guid auld `has been', An' wight and wilfu' a' his days been.
*e.Lth. a.1801 R. Gall Poems (1819) 49:
You wightly wag the skelping whang.
*Sc. 1828 Lord Livingston in Child Ballads No. 262. i.:
It fell about the Lammas time, When wightsmen won their hay.
*Abd. 1828 P. Buchan Ballads I. 39, II. 181:
Ye do you to my father's stable, Where steeds do stand baith wight and able . . . Willie was wight and well able.
*Abd. 1884 D. Grant Lays 75:
Wichtly Dobbin reached the Kirkton.
(2) Of objects: strong, stout, stalwart. Hence ¶wichtfu, id., wicht being erron. taken as a n.
*Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 34:
As wight as a Webster's Westcoat, that every Morning takes a Thief by the neck.
*Ags. 1823 A. Balfour Foundling II. 278:
Whan the brulzie begins, put me in my post an' a wight weapon in my hand.
*Abd. 1845 P. Still Cottar's Sunday 147:
Lang may ye wield a wichtfu' arm.
*Abd. 1882 W. Forsyth Writings 14:
But noo ten thousan' buirdly briests Micht mak' a wierwa' wide and wicht.
*Dmf. 1894 R. Reid Poems 180:
Bare Thy wicht airm and bield us, God!
II. adv. Swiftly, nimbly, briskly.
*Bnff. 1787 W. Taylor Poems 65:
Down the brae I gaed fu wight, An lap an' sang.
[O.Sc. wycht, active, fleet, 1375, valiant, a.1400, nimbly, a.1578, wichtly, stoutly, 1513, wychtnes, vigour, 1420. Early Mid.Eng. wiht, brave, O.N. vígt, neut. of vígr, of fighting age.]