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CLEEDIN, Cleidin, Cleading, Claiding, Cleddin', Cleathing, Cleething, Claithing, vbl.n. For phonetics, see Cleed, above.

1. Clothing. Known to Abd.2, Ags.1, Fif.10, Lnl.1, Lnk.3 1937, but given by m.Dmf.5 1925 as obsol. Also found in n.Eng. dial. (E.D.D.). Sc. 1721  Ramsay Poems 25:
With heavy Heart, and Cleathing thin.
Sc. 1822  Scott F. Nigel ii.:
They were wiser than me that counselled me to wear my warst claithing.
Abd.(D) 1922  G. P. Dunbar Whiff o' the Doric 21:
She hed beddin' an' cleddin' For kirsnin' or weddin'.
Edb. 1773  R. Fergusson Sc. Poems (1925) 24:
Blyth wad ye change your cleething gay In lieu of lav'rock's sober grey.
Ayr. 1830  Galt Lawrie Todd vi. viii.:
Plain cleading does very well for plain folk.

2. A dress, “a complete suit of clothes” (Clydes. 1825 Jam.2; also Abd.22 1937). Sc. 1904  Broughty's Wa's in Ballads (ed. Child) No. 258 xii.:
She kilted up her green claiding, A little below her knee.
Edb. 1895  J. Tweeddale Moff 190:
Nae langer than it wud tak to tape the laird for a cleidin.

3. Cloth. Edb. 1917  T. W. Paterson Wyse-Sayin's o' Solomon vii. 16:
I've buskit the bink wi' braw graithin, Wi' strippit cleedin frae Egypt itsel.

4. “In mining: the roofing or lining of timber introduced between bars and roof, or between arch girders and roof and sides” (Edb.6 1943).

[From the v. above. O.Sc. has clething, cleithing, later cleiding, cleding, clothing, a garment, suit of clothes, first date for clething 1375, for cleiding, 1549 (D.O.S.T.).]

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"Cleedin vbl. n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 23 May 2019 <>



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