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(Wele favourit,) Weil favourit, Weilfa(i)rd, adj. Also: weil(e)-, wel-, weel- and -favorit, -d, -favouret, -ed, -faworit, -fairde, -faur'd, -fourd. [Late ME and e.m.E. wel fauoured (1420-2), weel favoured (c1430); Favour n. 4.] Good looking, attractive; of excellent appearance or aspect.(a) c1500 Fyve Bestes 371.
So weile fauorit was his face on far [etc.]
1560 Rolland Seven S. 68.
Ane knaif chyld … Fair and weill fauourit … of fassoun & fame
1560 Rolland Seven S. 8379.
Weill fauourit of face
a1578 Pitsc. I 205/9.
Ane weill faworit companie of men
1596 Dalr. II 243/19.
1629 Annandale Corr. 281.
1640 Kirkcaldy Presb. 157.
Weill favoured
(b) 1540 Lynd. Sat. 4333 (B).
Now wally faw that weilfard [Ch. weill fairde] mow
1540 Lynd. Sat. 2434 (B).
Wally, wally faw tha twa weill fard [Ch. weill fairde] facis
a1568 Bann. MS 141a/5.
A weilfaird may
1686 G. Stuart Joco-Ser. Disc. 76.
Come my dow And let me kiss that weel-fourd mow
1638 Henderson Serm. 432.
A house that is fair and weil-faur'd without

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"Wele Favourit adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 12 Apr 2024 <>



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