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BRAID, adj., adv. Sc. form of St.Eng. broad, used with all modern Eng. meanings; but note the following specifically Sc. usages. [bred, brɛd Sc.; brɪəd s.Sc.; breid Cai., e.Rs., e.Bch., Lth., Ant.]

I. adj.

1. In phr.: in braid Scotland, in the whole (breadth) of Scotland. Gen.Sc. Kcb. 1894 S. R. Crockett Raiders xvi.:
“That's surely by-ordinar',” said I. “Aye,” he said, “there's no the like o' that in braid Scotland.”

2. Plain, unmitigated. Slk. a.1835 Hogg Tales, etc. (1837) VI. 6:
“Ye are telling a braid downright lee, sir,” said Wat.

II. adv. Unrestrainedly, indiscreetly, gen. with out. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1821 Scott Pirate xviii.:
I ken nae use in blurting braid out with a man's name at every moment.
Edb. 1798 D. Crawford Poems, etc. 85:
Nor leave a hole, without a clout, At which the deil may glow'r braid out.
Lnk. 1820 J. Breckenridge in Songs and Ballads of Clydesd. (ed. A. Nimmo 1882) 194:
Oh! the sun frae the eastward was peeping, And braid through the winnocks did stare.

III. Phrases and combs.: 1. Braid-band, (1) alongside; (2) in phrs.: (a) to lie (lay) in braid-band (see quots.); (b) to faw braid-band, “used of a young woman who submits to dalliance without any opposition” (Rxb. 1825 Jam.2). Given by Watson in Rxb. W.-B. as obs. (1923). 2. Braid bonnet, (1) a flat-topped cap of thick cloth of the tam o' shanter type, with or without two ribbons loose or tied behind. Gen. worn by men and boys in rural Scotland until mid 19th cent. Also called the Kilmarnock Bonnet; a much later variety is called Balmoral Bonnet; (2) extended to denote the wearer of such a bonnet. 3. Braid gate. See Gate. 4. Braid letter, “a letter on a broad sheet or a long letter” (Sc. 1904 Child Ballads, Gl.). 5. Braid-lippit, broad-brimmed. 1. (1) Ork. 1913 J. Firth in Old-Lore Misc., Ork., Sh., etc. VI. iv. 85:
One bride confidently told a friend that as she came near the church door she noticed the other bride braid-band (alongside) wi' her, but she teuk twa lang stramps an' a langer ane sae sheu might get a' the warl (wealth).
(2) (a) Sc. 1808 Jam.:
Corn laid out, in the harvest field, on the band, but not bound, is said to be lying in braid-band. It is often opened up in this way, to receive the benefit of the drought, when it is injured by rain. Metaph., to be fully exposed.
Edb. 1894 P. H. Hunter J. Inwick 10:
Oot ilka day an' a' day, takin doun the stooks atween the shoo'rs, an' layin them in braid-band, an' syne bindin them up.
2. (1) Abd.(D) 1926 P. Giles in Abd. Univ. Review (March) 112:
A min' fine on his dressin' himsel' an' pittin' on his best braid bonnet 'at he gied tae the kirk wi' on ordinar' Sundays.
Ags.(D) 1890 Brechin Advertiser (8 April) 3/5:
For example, the auld braid bonnet wis juist as comfortable an' as decent-like as the nippit bits o' capies.
(2) wm.Sc. [1835–1837] Laird of Logan (1868) 167:
A wary braid-bonnet, anxious that his son should be preferred to a certain living in the Kirk.
4. Sc. 1904 Sir Patrick Spens in Ballads (ed. Child) No. 58A iii.:
The king has written a braid letter, And signd it wi his hand.
5. Rxb. 1868 Trans. Hawick Arch. Soc. 12:
She never felt sae bricht at onything as when she saw Willie Wilson's braid-lippit hat coming by the window.

[O.Sc. brade, braid, broad or wide, n.Mid.Eng. brade, O.E. brād. Braid-band might rather be referred to Breed, n.1]

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