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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FILL, prep., conj. Also fil, †phil. I.Sc. and n.Cai. forms of While.

I. prep. From, since (Sh., Ork. 1825 Jam., 1866 Edm. Gl.).

II. conj. ‡1. Until (Sh., Ork., Cai. 1950); †2. While. Rare.1. Sh. 1900 Shet. News (10 Feb.):
Tak' an' cut a lap o' tatties in sheevs fil I come in.
Cai. 1909 D. Houston 'E Silkie Man 6:
We man try and mak' for 'ere fill we see.
Ork. 1931 J. Leask Peculiar People 266:
Thu'r welcome hame, wait fill I pit in me horse.
Sh. 1949 J. Gray Lowrie 29:
I wantid Willa ta wait fill doo cam' back.
2. Abd. 1706 in Sc. Antiquary XII. 103:
[We] cannot get our Guids sold . . . phil in the mean time we sit with mony a Hungry Wame.

[The form in f is n.Sc. (see P.L.D. § 134) and has been borrowed by I.Sc. where alone it has survived.]

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"Fill prep., conj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Jul 2024 <>



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