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Leisur, Leysour, Leso(u)r, n. Also: leysure, lessur, -or, leser, lysure. [e.m.E. leisure, leysure (16th c.), leysoure (1479), leesar (16th c.), occas. used instead of Sc. Laiser n. : cf. also Leaser.] Respite, breathingspace, free time; leisure. Also at (great) lesour, at one's leisure or convenience. (1) I mycht nocht get lesor to wryt at length; 1543 Corr. M. Lorraine 27.
I cry thé mercy and leser to repent; (Dunb.) Bann. MS. p. 9/9.
[As I have no] lessor [to write to my wife]; 1570 Cal. Sc. P. III. 178.
[He] dieit ane sudden deid for he could not gett lessur to say God help him; Pitsc. II. 84/5.
His actions rease eache on of other that therby na lesour was geuen til any … pepill to appone theme to his courses; Fowler II. 144/12.
Take heed to your consciences now, quhill leisur is given you; Bruce Serm. 108.
Wythout any kinde of armour but his hunting horne, which he had not gotten leysure to lay from him; 1600 Crim. Trials II. 215.
(2) Maisters ȝe sall heir … At great leysour in ȝour presence proclamit [etc.]; Lynd. Sat. 3788 (Ch.).
Vthir sum … At leser drest to dance; Colk. Sow I. 317(B).
That I suld have that plesure To devise with ȝow at leysure; Buch. Detect. (1727) 128.
That he had spoken the King but not at lysure; 1587 Warrender P. (S.H.S.) II. 37.

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"Leisur n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Jun 2019 <https://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/leisur>



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