Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GLESS, n. Gen.Sc. form of Eng. glass. Also glaiss (ne.Sc.), †gles. Dim. glessie. See P.L.D. § 48.1. (1). [glɛs, gles]

1. In dim. glessack, a small glass marble (Inv. c.1910 Football Times (28 Aug. 1948)), glessag, id. (Cai.7 1954); 2. in combs. (1) gless candy = Glessie, n., 1. (Bwk.2 1954); (2) gless mallie, = Glessie, n., 2. (Ork.5 1954).

[O.Sc. has gles, gles(s)e, from a.1400.]

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"Gless n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 12 May 2021 <>



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