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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.

JALOUSE, v. Also jaloose, jalooze, je(a)lous(e); jealuz (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.); jaroose (Don. 1953 Traynor). [dʒə′lu:z]

1. With direct obj., gen. a thing, occas. also a person: to suspect, be suspicious of, to have doubts or suspicions about, guess, surmise. Gen.Sc.Gall. 1700 Session Bk. Penninghame (1933) I. 45:
Being jealoused of uncleannes by reason of her and his staying both at home on the Lords day when others in the house went to Church.
Rxb. 1721 J. J. Vernon Par. Hawick (1900) 158:
The minister with a great part of the Session having this day jealoused her accompt given in.
Sc. 1746 More Culloden Papers (Warrand 1930) V. 135:
Nor can I allow myself to believe that you . . . would jelous my countenancing such as be [sic] without my having satisfying grounds for my doing it.
Dmf. 1875 P. Ponder Kirkcumdoon 115:
I jalouse a 'prentice lad I had.
Arg. c.1880 Anon. Stray Leaves 19:
Trades topsy-turvy, half o' Glasgow idle, And folks jaloosing ill aboot the Clydesdale.
Per. 1898 I. Maclaren Afterwards 159:
By this time she would jalouse something.
Lnk. 1926 W. Queen We're A' Coortin 67:
I see ye jaloose my meanin'.
Abd. 1928 N. Shepherd Quarry Wood xvi.:
I've jaloosed it this gey while. Bit jaloosin's nae provin'.
Sc. 1935 D. Rorie Lum Hat 37:
What een and lugs couldna bring till'r hoose, Elspet niver wad fail to jalouse.
m.Sc. 1996 John Murray Aspen 3:
but och whitna creed could jalouse
a curse pit on a skaithless tree
whase leaves whiles bleeze wi gowden fire

2. Similarly with a subordinate clause or absol. Gen.Sc.Sc. 1715 R. Wodrow Corresp. (1843) II. 28:
I jealouse you shall not have such full accounts as I use to give you of the Assembly and other things.
Sc. 1816 Scott O. Mortality iv.:
I jalouse he wad hae liked to hae ridden bye, but his horse . . . was ower sair travailed.
Ayr. 1821 Galt Annals v.:
Some there were, for backbiting appertaineth to all conditions, that jealoused and wondered if I had not a finger in the pye.
Edb. 1828 D. M. Moir Mansie Wauch (1839) iv.:
I saw Jamie Coom, the blacksmith, who I aye jealoused was my rival.
Dmb. 1846 W. Cross Disruption xxxvii.:
I jalouse they're a' o' ae hen's dab.
Gsw. 1884 H. Johnston Martha Spreull vi.:
She wis aye fair to my face, an' I couldna jaloose the deceitfu' duchess wud have evened sic a thing to me.
Abd. 1920 C. Murray Country Places 23:
A towmond come Tyseday the lassie's been wad, An' wha would jaloose that she'd ever been sad?
Ork. 1927 Peace's Ork. Almanac 134:
I pat id aff an' nivver leeded id waas mesel' 'at leaved 'im, bit me faither jaloosed.
m.Sc. 1927 J. Buchan Witch Wood viii.:
I jaloused frae your last discourse that ye were perplexed wi' the Enemy.
Edb. 1979 Albert D. Mackie in Joy Hendry Chapman 23-4 (1985) 44:
I mynd hou Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Laid aa the wyte on the foggie dew o England
For garrin him jalooze there was conspiracie
Ags. 1988 Raymond Vettese The Richt Noise 19:
whaurin the fowk micht meditate
on the truth o Scotland, its state - and lack o state,
and syne jalouse that whit we need
is nae bairnlie sangs but pooer insteid, ...
Abd. 1990 Stanley Robertson Fish-Hooses (1992) 50:
Inside her poor mind many thoughts were taking place and I suppose then, for the first time in her life, she jaloused that she wis gan tae be a mither.
ne.Sc. 1991 Ken Morrice in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 60:
Roddy jaloused it was
sackin wi dulse for hair
wm.Sc. 1991 Liz Lochhead Bagpipe Muzak 26: doesny take Taggart to detect it!
Or to jalouse we hate the Government
And we patently didnae elect it.
wm.Sc. 1995 Robin Jenkins Leila 54:
'You've jaloused I'm staying the night,' she whispered. She knew he liked using old Scots words.
Abd. 1996 Sheena Blackhall Wittgenstein's Web 4:
"Jist fur freenship, at their age," young Attie jaloused. "Forbye, a fairm needs a wummin's haun in the kitchie. Mither's bin deed an beeriet ten year noo."

Hence vbl.n. pl. jaloosins, jealousings, suspicions.Slk. 1835 Hogg Wars Montrose III. 140:
I canna help having my jealousings.
Fif. 1859 P. Landreth Joseph Spindle (1911) 6:
I hae strong jalousins it was the same deevils.
Edb. 1895 J. Tweeddale Moff xxi.:
But if 'e dont ken yersel', it's no expected I can hae ony jaloosins.
Abd. 1928 J. Baxter A' Ae 'Oo' 28:
She never wis kent for fowks' favours to sue Gin jaloosins had she that they didna ring true.

[O.Fr. jalouser, to regard with jealousy (13th — 14th cent.), Mod.Fr. jaloux, -ouse. This Sc. usage develops in the late 17th c.]

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