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LALL, n.2 Also lal (Marw.) and freq. in dim. forms lallo (Ork.), lal(l)ie, -y, laaly, -i, laulie (Sh.). A child's toy, a plaything (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 132; Sh., Ork. 1960). Also attrib. and fig. [lɑl(e)] Sh. 1892  J. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 33:
A creetik's pen is no a laaly.
Ork. 1908  Old-Lore Misc. I. viii. 320:
Ither poleetical faldaralls, fairilies an' lalls am dootin' he deusna ken ower muckle aboot.
Sh. 1919  T. Manson Peat Comm. 138:
Mair laek bits o bairns at's gotten a new lallie.
Sh. 1949  J. Gray Lowrie 27:
That's not an animal, it's a dash hound, one of them lalie dogs for ladies.

[Orig. mainly imit. of childish speech. Cf. Swed. lalla, Ger. lallen, to prattle, Icel. lalla, to toddle, lalli, a toddler.]

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