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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).

(Unsesonabill,) Unseasonabill, -able, adj. [Late ME vnseasonable (c1448); Sesonabill adj.]

1. Of weather: Inappropriate for the time of year. 1571 Ferg. Serm. iii Malachi Sig. D iib.
He sall preserue them from … noysum beistis or vnseasonabill wedder
1633 Old Kirk Chron. 60.
The minister stirred up the pepill to humiliation for thair sins … in regaird of the unseasonable waither

2. a. Of time: Inappropriate for the action specified. b. Of an action: Inappropriate with regard to the time of occurrence.a. 1643 Robertson Cullen Ch. Ann. 30.
[She promised] to sell no drink at unseasonable tymes especially in tyme of divine service
1643 Robertson Cullen Ch. Ann. 84.
[Banished for] casting themselves in men's ways at unseasonable times, and for being masterless and without calling
b. 1659 St. A. Presb. 74.
That John Mure, pyper, is occasion of much dissorder in … congregations, by his pypeing at brythells, and vnseasonable drinkings
1671 Dumbarton B. Rec. 87.
Their unseasonabill brewing in the night season on Setterday

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"Unsesonabill adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 8 Aug 2022 <>



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