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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Guysing, Guising, vbl. n. Also: guyssing, guizing. [Varr. of Gysing.] Mumming. 1596 Elgin Rec. II. 46.
The Sessioun … inhibits all guysing and dancing within this toun
1598 Ib. 69.
Nycht walking and guysing forbiddin
John Sampsoun … accusit for dansing and guising ondir nycht in divers houses
1614 Ib. 141.
Elspet Dempster suspected of guysing … Katrine Hosak to compeir on Tuysday next for guyssing
1618 Bk. Univ. Kirk III. 1163.
They … rejoyce in their … restored opportunities of sensual obseruations of guising, gluttony, carrells, &c.
1662 Cramond Grange Ch. 27.
John Christie in Croylit accused of guizing and that in woman's habit
1667 Id. Urquhart Ch. 51.
Compeired John Innes, and four other men, … for guiseing, one of them in woman's apparell, one of them in straw, the rest with false faces
1683 Ib. 55.
[Two men] confessed their guising in promiscuous habit

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