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Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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-HEID, suff. Sc. form of Eng. -head, now surviving only in godhead, maidenhead, and later displaced by the cognate form -hood, as in boyhood, manhood, falsehood, etc. In Sc. the form -heid, †-hede was generalised, as in Bairnheid, Youtheid, guidlieheid, lickliheid, neebourheid. Now obsol.

[O.Sc., Mid.Eng. -hede, O.E. hǣd, condition, state. The O.E. variant hād > Eng. -hood.]

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