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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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DEFEECKWALT, Defeeckwult, Deffeckwalt, Diffiquilt, adj. Sc. forms of Eng. difficult. Known to Bnff.2 (defeeckwult), Abd.19, Ags.2, Slg.3, Kcb.1 1940. [dɪ′fikwəlt]Ags. 1859 C. S. Graham Mystifications 62:
It's no sae lang syne nor diffiquilt to mind.s.Sc. 1835–40 J. M. Wilson (ed.) Tales of the Borders (1857–59) VII. 137:
I wad match ony coo I hae in my byre against ye at a defeeckwalt point o' law.Dmf. 1998 Jilly Hawker in Neil R. MacCallum Lallans 51 13:
Life for her fowk was sair deffeckwalt the noo. Eilidh's faither was richt badly an bedfast these past weeks.
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