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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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HISSEL, pron. Also eezsel, hisself; 'is-sel in unstressed position. Himself. Gen.Sc. Common in Eng. dials. [(h)ɪz′sɛl]Lnk. 1862 D. Wingate Poems 69:
At least he wadna gang his sel'.
e.Lth. 1876 J. Teenan Song and Satire 4:
He maybe didna ken hissel' — The Maister!
Rxb. c.1885 W. Laidlaw Poetry & Prose (1901) 47:
He said the words were by hissel'.
Gall. 1901 Trotter Gall. Gossip 9:
Flingin hissel half-wey ower the book-board.
wm.Sc. 1931 Gsw. Herald (14 Feb.):
This felly wis able in some way tae score the ba's hissel.
wm.Sc. 1985 Linda McCann in Julie Milton Original Prints 9:
"Aye," said the other, "Ah kin jist picture him in ther at night tamplin' oan millyins o' magic mushrooms an' sayin' tae eezsel 'Ah, a golf ball!'"
wm.Sc. 1985 Liz Lochhead Tartuffe 60:
You're for the jile, by order o' Mr. Prince hissel'.
Gsw. 1990 John and Willy Maley From the Calton to Catalonia 33:
Ah think he fancies hissel as Benny Lynch. He's goat the gut fur it, right enough.
Dundee 1991 Ellie McDonald The Gangan Fuit 33:
Fell sweirt is the man tae get hissel shiftit,
siccan a fash an a trauchle he's haen
sin the gaffer he wrocht fur his arle arrestit
for stailan sum breers that werenae his ain.
m.Sc. 1994 Martin Bowman and Bill Findlay Forever Yours, Marie-Lou 18:
How no me, eh? How? Because Roger's the youngest, the wee-est, the wan cannae stick up fur hissel, the wan's terrified ae you, so it's easy fur you tae pick oan him. ...
Per. 1996 Timothy Neat ed. The Summer Walkers: Travelling People and Pearl-Fishers in the Highlands of Scotland 191:
' ... there by hisself in the bothy, he sang every nicht. ... '
Dundee 1996 Matthew Fitt Pure Radge 9:
an the chanter o the ghosties
nor the fishwifes in the stand
or the sooch o the deevil hissel
sall no him unhool
sall naethin him daunt

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"Hissel pron.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Jul 2024 <>



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