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

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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. X).

Tho(u)chty, Thoughty, adj. Also: thowchty, thoughtie. [ME thoughty (1387-8), thoghty (Hoccleve); Tho(u)cht n.]

1. Disposed to think seriously about, taking careful thought for. a1400 Leg. S. xxvii 706.
I al-way has besy bene Til infourme ȝu in cheryte, And in sawle hele thochty to be
c1420 Wynt. viii 3988.
Al pompe off pryde thai put by, And all off God wes ay thowchty
1664 Carstairs Lett. 106.
Your freind … is more thoughtie about you than himselfe

2. Absorbed in thought, mentally preoccupied by (on) (something). c1420 Wynt. vi 1608 (C).
As he past apon a day In til huntynge … On his gamyn al thouchty [W., R. thochty]

3. Given to serious thought; reflective, contemplative. 1702 Wishart Sermons (1702) 33.
A minister should be a very thoughty man

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