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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Lukar, -er, Luikar, n. Also: luicker. [ME. (14–15th c.) loker, locar, e.m.E. looker, f. Luke v.] a. One who looks (under something, upon something). b. Lipper-lukar (= inspector). c. Luker on, an onlooker or spectator.Also On-. To-lukar.a. 1531 Selkirk B. Ct. 154 (10 Oct.)
We dischargis all … keykaris or luikaris vnder vondokis and durris to be put in the stokis one the morn
1596 Dalr. I. 17/14.
The brig [of Glasgow] … haveng 8 bowis is ane gret delectatione to the lukeris vpon it
b. c 1550 Ayrshire Coll. 2 Ser. II. 35.
Lippyr lukaris
c. 1572 Buch. Detect. (1727) 71.
And as for his enemeis, scho had appointit thame to be bot lukeris on, and not part playeris in this tragedie
1587-99 Hume vii. 30.
Let … windows wide quhair luickers on resorts With tapistrie be hung

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