Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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LAMP, n.1, v.1 Sc. usages:

I. n. Dim. lampie, a form of the game of marbles; comb. and phr. lamp-o-leerie, a lamp. Cf. Leerie; lamp o the water, sea phosphorescence (Abd. c.1890 Gregor MSS.); lamp-sway, a movable lamp-bracket. See Swey. Gsw. 1761 Burgh Rec. Gsw. (1912) 78:
For smith work and furnishing to the town's lampsways.
Sc. 1937 Oor Mither Tongue (MacWhannell) 89:
My lamp-o-leerie glances sweet Upon their curly pows.
Edb. 1952 Edb. Evening News (9 July):
Another version was “lampie,” wherein the bools were struck against the base of a lamp-post to roll along the gutter in the hope of striking the other chap's bools.

II. v. As in Eng. (poet.), to shine, gleam, glitter, specif. of the ground when “covered with that kind of cobwebs which appear after dew or slight frost” (n.Sc. 1825 Jam.), or of the stars on a frosty night, to twinkle (Abd. c.1890 Gregor MSS.).

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