Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GLENDER, n. In combs.: 1. glender-gane, adj., “applied to one who is in a declining state of health, in bad circumstances as to his worldly affairs, or who has fallen into immoral habits” (Per., Lth. 1808 Jam.); 2. glender-gear, n., “ill-gotten substance” (Fif. 1825 Jam.).

Hence glendrie, adj., in n.phr. glendrie gaits, a fool's errand: “one may be said to be sent glendrie gaits, when there is as little hope of success, as of recovery to a horse under the glanders, or to one far gone in a decline” (Fif. 1825 Jam.).

[Dissimilated form of Glengore, q.v., used in a gen. sense to indicate a bad condition.]

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