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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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CREED, n. Sc. usages. [krid]

1. A severe rebuke, a “lecture.”Sc. 1897 “L. Keith” My Bonnie Lady 67:
She would have read him a fine creed on his folly.
Fif.10 1940:
“She'll gie him his creed,” said of a wife waiting for the return of her drunken husband.
Hdg. a.1801 R. Gall Poems (1819) 68:
Whan she begoud to crack her creed, I've seen our chafts maist like to screed.
Cld. 1825 Jam.2:
To gi'e one an awfu' creed.

2. A wise saying, a maxim.Edb. 1811 H. MacNeill Bygane Times 53:
Keep aye in mind our good Scotch creed, “The mair the haste, the war the speed.”

3. Phr.: to cast a creed on, to throw a spell over.Abd. 1828 Bonny Lizie Lindsay xiv. in Ballads (ed. Buchan) II. 100:
If ye cast ony creed on my dochter, High hanged I'll cause you to be.

[A development of Eng. creed in its primary sense.]

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"Creed n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 2 Jun 2023 <>



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