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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Feit, Feyit, ppl. a. Also: feyt, feyet, fiet; fede, feyd, feid, fied. [e.m.E. feeid (1579), feede, feed, f. Fe v.] Engaged or hired with a fee.(a) 1447 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 15.
Alsweill the feit chaplaynis and the feft chaplaynis
1474 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 32.
Ony prentis … of the saidis craftisman, or yit his feit man
1520 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. 354.
Sir Johne Fif, thar feit choristar and singar
1567 Reg. Privy C. I. 545.
Accumpaneit with a greit nowmer of feit men of weir
1581 Red Bk. Menteith II. 421.
For the hame leiding of thame [treis] to the place, with feit men and hors
1600 Paisley B. Rec. 234.
[They] were feit hirds to keip the touns ky
1609 Edinb. Test. XLV. 302 b.
My tennentis and feit seruandis within my hous
(b) 1522 Fife Sheriff Ct. 255.
Gif he wald preve … that he wes the lardis feyt seruand & tuke feall of him
1535 Stewart 51679.
Ane feyit seruand in the tyme he hed
1559 Inverness B. Rec. I. 38.
He … byis his chepman leddyr fra Donald Dryne quha is his feyt callan
1580 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 162.
Thair feyit and houshald seruandis
1590 Ib. V. 15.
The evill … words gevin be him to the touns feyet watche
(c) 1554–5 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 29.
To by the fede lad ane cot, xs.
(d) 1596 Dalr. I. 298/11.
Kennethie … meitis him … with a power of fiet suddartis
1622 Black Bk. Taymouth 374.
Persewis Patrik McNab … for taking away of his awin fied hird
1655 Peebles B. Rec. II. 29.
Such as shall be fied servants haveing testimonialles
1673 Corshill Baron Ct. IV. 112.
Alexander Dickie … , fied servant to the said John Dillidaff

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"Feit ppl. adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 May 2024 <>



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