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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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GLAIZIE, -Y, adj., n. Also glazie, -ey. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. glazy. [′gle:zi]

I. adj. 1. Glittering, glossy; shiny from wear or friction (Ayr. 1923 Wilson Dial. Burns 166; m.Lth.1, Bwk.3 1954); of roads: glassy with ice (Knr.1, m.Lth.1 1954).Sc. 1726 Ramsay T.T.Misc. (1876) I. 125:
The finny squadrons are content, To leave their wat'ry element, In glazie numbers down they bent.
Ayr. 1786 Burns Auld Mare ii.:
I've seen thee dappl't, sleek an' glaizie.
Sc. 1812 Popular Opinions 87:
Baith kye and horses now mair souple rin, Clean, fat, and glaizy, like an otter's skin.
Mearns 6 1954:
Yer troosers are awfae glaizie in the backside.
m.Sc. 1988 William Neill Making Tracks 53:
Walkin this mornin by anither loch
glaizie wi ice ablo an early sun, ...

2. (1) “Applied to weather with very bright, watery sunshine, indicating more rain” (Arg.1 1937; Wgt. 1954); (2) of corn: “not fully ripe” (Uls. 1924 W. Lutton Montiaghisms, glazey).(1) Arg.3 1954:
It's far owre glaizie the day. I doot there'll be rain the moarn.

II. n. A large clay marble with a shiny, glazed surface (Per., m.Lth.1 1954). Cf. Glessy, n., 2.

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