Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
HIZZIE, n. Also hizz(e)y; hissie, -y; huzzie, -y; hussie, -ey. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. hussy.
1. Used with jocular or slightly disparaging force for a woman, esp. a young frivolous woman, a servant girl. Gen.Sc. Occas. of female animals.
Sc. 1724 Ramsay T.-T. Misc. (1876) I. 28:
E'en gar the hissie come hither. Abd. 1754 R. Forbes Jnl. from London 28:
Three young giglet hissies. Lnk. a.1779 D. Graham Writings (1883) II. 154:
If a poor man want a perfect wife, let him wale a weel blooded hissie wi' braid shouders an thick about the haunches. Hdg. a.1801 R. Gall Poems (1819) 109:
The landwart hizzy winna speak. Rxb. 1811 A. Scott Poems 128:
“Thou faithless hizzie,” Jamie cry'd, Is this thy plighted troth to me?” Sc. 1815 Scott Guy M. xv.:
The death of the grey mare, puir hizzie, was naething till't. Ags. 1853 Montrose Standard (4 Feb.) 8:
A cumskarry hizzie wi' a tongue like the clapper o' a mill. Edb. 1894 P. H. Hunter J. Inwick 26:
At this the hizzies frae the big hoose, in the pew ahint, a' nudged ane anither an' giggled. Kcb. 1911 G. M. Gordon Clay Biggin' 22:
They stepped alang, licht an' free, . . . clean shanket hizzies baith o' them. Abd. 1920 C. Murray Country Places 38:
. . . a beggar hizzie Cadgin' the country side.
Hence hizzie-fallow, hussy-fellow, a man who interferes with or undertakes women's duties (Lth., w.Sc. 1825 Jam.); an effeminate man or mannish woman.
Ayr. 1811 W. Aiton Agric. Ayr. 466:
There is some sort of false odium attached to men milking cows. His companions would call him hizzy fallow and other nick-names, and offer him a petticoat to wear. Ayr. 1823 Galt Entail xxxv.:
What's t'ou doing there like a hussy-fellow? . . . leave the bairn to the women. Dmf. 1836 A. Cunningham Lord Roldan II. iii.:
She's just a real hizzie-fallow — half man and half woman, wi' pantaloons where she should have petticoats.
2. A woman of bad character (Sc. 1808 Jam., hissie, hizzie). Gen.Sc.
Ayr. 1790 Burns To a Gent. 31–2:
If that daft buckie, Geordie Wales, Was threshin' still at hizzies' tails. Ayr. 1822 Galt Sir A. Wylie ciii.:
De'il an the like of that hizzy was e'er in ony creditable family. Sc. 1896 Stevenson W. of Hermiston vii.:
Making a mess o' himsel' wi' nesty hizzies. Sc. 1931 J. Lorimer Red Sergeant x.:
But perhaps I'm Jael, the hizzy Jael.
3. A pocket-case for holding needles, thread, etc., a housewife, a pouch (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 278, huzzy; Sc. 1825 Jam., hussey, huzzie; Ork., Cai. 1957). Comb. hussy-case. Rare and obs. in Eng.
Sc. 1818 Scott H. Midlothian xxix.:
And I have seen the Queen, which gave me a hussy-case out of her own hand. Kcd. a.1826 J. Burness The Recruit 32:
I hae a ring, 'tis either gowd or brass, A thimble, hussey, and a keeking glass. wm.Sc. 1854 Laird of Logan 16:
My answer to every advice was, I kent what I was doin' — did I never see my mither makin' a hussey? Bnff. 1880 J. F. S. Gordon Chrons. Keith 164:
The Daughter unwarily displayed a well-filled Purse or “Huzzie,” and remarked that she could lend money, if she knew where to find good Interest. Edb. 1894 P. H. Hunter J. Inwick xii.:
He coft me a bonny hussie to mind me o' the day.
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