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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Agile, a. Also: agil, agill, agyle. [OF. agile (14th c.), L. agilis light, quick, whence also e.m.E. agile, agil (c 1575).] Able to move or act quickly; agile, active, nimble.c1420 Wynt. iii. 23 (swa agyle in fycht); ix. 1243 (be his awyne agill fors). 1513 Doug. xi. xii. 15 (the agill Latyn pepill). 1531 Bell. Boece I. p. xxvi (richt agill and deliver of bodyis). c1590 Fowler 108/111 (these dames so agill wes). 1622-6 Bisset II. 170/18 (agill, strong and lustie of body).

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