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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Cheld, Cheild, n. Also: chelde, cheyld; pl. chelder, cheilder; cheldren(e, -een, -ein, cheld(e)ring, cheildreen, -ein. [Variant of Child n., with change of ĭ to ē as in beld Beild v. In mod. Sc. used only in sense 2.]

1. A child.(a) a1400 Leg. S. xxvi. 1110.
It betyd hym … A knaf barne with hys wyf to haf … & than this cheld wox, & wel thraf
c1420 Ratis R. 1116.
Sa lang can nocht ellis cheld think Bot one the met, and one the drynk
a1487 Gud Wife & D. 247.
[To] chaisty thame, quhill thai are cheld [: eild]
Ib. 251. a1568 Bann. MS. 240 b/69.
The bludy sicht gart hir pairt with quick chyild [: feild]
1568 Buch. Indict. 41.
Ane lettre purporting his vyif to be parted with cheild
1576 Edinb. Test. IV. 119 b.
In cais the cheild … depart & leve not
1587 St. A. Kirk S. 598.
Cristene … and Thomas … grantis thai haif committit fornicatioun be procreatioun of ane cheild
Be procreatioun of ane cheld betuix thame
1624 Melrose P. 561.
For the weall of my hous and cheyld
(b) 1549 Compl. 79/4.
The Persans sal do vitht ȝour vyuis and cheldyr at there pleseir
1562-3 Winȝet I. 54/10.
Sen I had spent my maist flurissing ȝowthheid … in techeing of cheldring
1608 Lett. & St. P. Jas. VI 152.
Ane father ... quha lykes ... the blobering speches of his awine cheldrene
1637 Blairs P. 117.
I quha hes yeit three cheildrein to entertein daylie
1658 Lamont Diary 139.
He purposed to leave what he had to his cheldren
1689 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. XIII. 406.
The petitioners, ... their wyfes and cheldrein
Ib. 430.
The petitioner ... and her poor cheildreen

2. A boy, lad, young fellow. (Cf. chalmer-cheild.)(a) 1488 Treas. Acc. I. 100.
To Dave Caldewell for … his awin exspencis, his chelde and his hors
1490 Ib. 175.
Til a cheld to pas to Kynneile
1501 Ib. II. 117.
To the cheld of the pantree that hed his hors slane be the Kingis quhit cursour
1507 Ib. IV. 82.
To ane cheld to pas to … Edinburgh with the Kingis writingis
1535 Stewart 32361.
Ilk cheild That worthie wes ane wapone for to weild
Ib. 58922.
The ȝoung Persie, … quhilk wes ane prattie cheild
a1570-86 Maitl. F. lxxx. 2.
Vnder ane birkin bank me by I harde ane heynd cheild mak his mane
1590 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 23.
Piere de Berry, ane young cheyld of Deip
(b) 1553–4 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 25.
For … drinksilver to the glassin wrichtis cheilder
1554–5 Ib. I. 137.
In expenssis to … the compteris, thair servands, cheldering and horssis

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