Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
DEVAL, v. and n. Also devall, devaul, devawl, devaal, dewal, and corrupt forms devauld (Sc. 1868 G. Webster Strathbrachan 257), deva(a)ld (Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 243); dewald (Mry. 1930 A. Rose W.-L.); devalge (Rxb. 1923Watson W.-B.); devalve (Ib., 1942 Zai; Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.); develve (Patterson), devolve (Bwk.2 1948; Lnk. 1949 (per Mearns 6)). Forms with di- are -also found. Gen. (exc. I.) Sc. [də′vɑ:l, -′vl, -′vɑld(ʒ), -′vɑ(l)v Sc., but Cai. -′wɑ:l]
1. v. To stop, cease, leave off. Freq. of rain or snow. Also in n.Eng. dial.
Sc. ? 1827 Scott Letters (1936) X. 183:
Except about three or four hours for food and exercise I have not till today devaled from my task. Crm. 1933 D. A. Mackenzie in Letter (7 July):
Devall was common in my boyhood. When youngsters made a noise, grannie would exclaim, “Bairns, bairns, will ye no devall?” Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 37:
It dang on sax ooks delaverly on iver uppalt or dewalt. Bch. 1930 P. Giles in Abd. Univ. Review (March) 104:
A . . . jist keepit 'im hard at it, an' 'e didna like to divall for fear o' the idders gettin a lauch at 'im. Fif. 1894 J. W. M'Laren Tibbie and Tam 21:
He . . . wad hae turned up the stair again, but the thocht o' her never-devalvin' tongue was eneuch. Edb. 1773 R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 58:
Devall then, Sirs, and never send For daintiths to regale a friend. Ayr. 1821 Galt Ayrshire Legatees ix.:
Becky, will you never devawl wi' your backbiting. Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 15:
Never devaaldin ti crack prood an massy aboot its bonnie bits an its history.
2. n. Cessation, stop (Sc. 1802 J. Sibbald Chron. Sc. Poetry, Gl.; Bnff.2 Abd.2, Abd.9 1940).
L.Bnff. 1934 J. M. Caie Kindly North 34:
Fae morn tae nicht there's nae devaal Fae trauchlin aye an' tyaavin. Abd. 1875 W. Alexander My ain Folk 88:
Fat for wud he gar creaturs gae on wi' nae deval till they war blin' and dottl't w' leernin'? Bch. 1946 J. C. Milne Orra Loon 25:
The third week at Wasterton It rained withoot deval. Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xiv.:
His tongue gaed like the clapper o' a kail bell withoot devald. Hdg. 1885 J. Lumsden Rhymes and Sk. 239:
Dod Denam, Will Whitelaw, an' a' the lave o' the lads an' halflins belanging to the place hae been workin' 'ithoot devald an' makin' ready.
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