Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

AGENT, n. Sc. law: a solicitor. [′e:dʒənt Sc.; ′ɑ:dʒənt n.Sc., sm.Sc.; ′:dʒənt m.Sc.] Sc. 1818 Scott H. Midlothian II. viii.:
There's no a cleverer agent than Nichel Novit e'er drew a bill of suspension.
Abd.(D) 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xviii.:
The Presbytery's legal awgent's up fae Cromwellside.
Edb. 1773 Fergusson Auld Reikie 11. 65–66:
While busy agent closely plies, And a' his kittle cases tries.
Hdg. 1902 J. Lumsden Toorle, etc. 99:
Syne ane they ca'ed his Counsel, that his awgent Bow-Wow had ready forrit, the Judge alloo'd to speak for the auld villain afore he gied him his sentence.

[Lat. agens, agentem, pr.p. of agere, to do.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Agent n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 28 Feb 2020 <https://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/agent_n>

212

snd

Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

    Loading...

Share: