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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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LAICH, v.2, n.2 I.Sc. form of Lauch, to laugh, a laugh. Now rare.Ork. 1908 Old-Lore Misc. I. viii. 321:
Withoot de love, withoot the light o' dee laich the ceulkie wad be dark an' life wadna be wirt livan.
Sh. 1913 Ib. VI. i. 4:
Some will greet and some will laich.
Ork. 1927 Peace's Almanac 134:
I canna had fae laichin' ower 'is atgans.

[The form represents a conflation of Norw. le, O.N. hlæja, id., with Sc. Lauch, v.]

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