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Printis, -eis, n. Also: -ise, -ice, -yse, -yce; -es(e, -ece; -eise; printtes. [North. ME printiz (Cursor M.), Prentis n.]Also, plur. without inflection (see 2 below).In all of the Leg. S. examples quoted in sense 2, ri is an expansion of the scribal contraction.

1. An apprentice. = Prentis n. 1. 1489 Prot. Bk. J. Young (S.R.S.) II 55.
Johne Stewart … is becummyn printis to the said … to lere the cutlar craft
1504 (1550) Reg. Great S. 93/2.
He salbe in Dunde printeis bundyn till ane maister of the said craft
1561 Dundee B. Laws 388.
Heir begynnis the enteres of the printesis to the cordinar craft
1563–4 Bk. Old Edinb. C. VI 67. 1567 Dundee B. Laws 372.
Thair sall na printeis wear ane quhingear nor scharp nebbit knyf during the ȝeris of his printeschip
a1578 Pitsc. I 176/8.
At his beginning he [sc. the Earl of Mar] was bot ane printis to ane maisonne
1610 Glasgow B. Rec. I 312.
Scolleris and printicis … haunting the yardis quhair the alie bowlis [etc.] … ar usit
1611 Glasgow B. Rec. I 318.
That na printeis heireftir salbe admittit burges except his maister compeir with him
1622-6 Bisset II 237/26.
1656 Dunferm. Hammermen MS 58 (16 Jan.).
1670 Murray Lyon Hist. Lodge Edinb. 426.
Wee ordaine lykwayes that none of our lodge teach or instruct ane entered printise untill [etc.]

2. A disciple. = Prentis n. 2. a1400 Leg. S. xxxiv 151.
& thu his [Christ's] suthfast printese be
Ib. xxvii 632.
Ib. 653.
Ib. xxxv 183.
uninfl. plur. a1400 Leg. S. iv 245.
His printes … stal away the body … and … thai lad it in a bate
Ib. xviii 1092.
Ihesu had With his printese his super mad
Ib. xi 63.
Ib. xxvii 806.

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