A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).
Volage, Vollage, adj. [ME and e.m.E. volage (Chaucer), OF volage. Also in the later dial.] a. Transient, fleeting. b. Foolish, inconstant; rash. —a. 1549 Compl. 22/3.
Ane … deipnes the quhilk passis humaine ingyne to comprehende … the … limitis of it be cause oure vit is ouer febil, oure ingyne ouer harde, oure thochtis ouer vollage, ande oure ȝeiris ouer schort —b. 1658 Baillie III 362.
Their crafts-baillie, John Hall, a wavering and volage man, albeit the Proveist's nephew, suffered his lightnes to be abused, and to tell all the evill tales he could of his colleagues 1687 Fountainhall Decis. I 484.
Denying the drinking of the king's confusion … answered, it was the first drink … and he linked the king's confusion with the pope's, the chancellor's and the devil. Some doubted how far such volage expressions inferred treason 1688 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. XIII 292.
Depositiones … against … lord Duffus upon the precognition anent the slaughter of the said deceist William Rosse … John Fergusone … heard the lord Duffus call … William Rose a volage companion and bad him put on his spurs and be at his speed for he would not come at the thing he amed att
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