Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
LICHTLIE, v., n., adj. Also -ly, lightlie, -y; lightilly (Sc. 1776 D. Herd Sc. Songs I. 144). [′lɪtlɪ]
I. v. 1. To make light of, to scorn, belittle, slight, disparage (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Cai. 1902 E.D.D.; ne.Sc., Ags., Per., Lnk. 1960).
Mry. 1715 E. D. Dunbar Documents (1895) 18:
No burgess or inhabitant misregard condemn or lightlie any Magestrate or Counsellor of said Burgh. Sc. 1726 Ramsay T.-T. Misc. (1876) I. 211:
The man who is prudent, ne'er lightlies his wife. Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 86:
Some daft lightlyin quean had stow'n your heart. Ayr. 1791 Burns O Whistle an' I'll come iii.:
Whyles ye may lightly my beauty a wee. Ags. 1815 G. Beattie Poems (1882) 168:
They'd gar'd a lightlied lover greet. Sc. 1817 Scott Rob Roy xxxiv.:
She kend far ower mony secrets to be lightlied in a matter o' that kind. Abd. 1863 G. Macdonald D. Elginbrod xiii.:
I dinna thenk I can be in muckle danger o' lichtlyin' him. Fif. 1895 G. Setoun Sunshine & Haar ix. iv.:
Ye mauna lightly a hoast. Arg. 1896 N. Munro Lost Pibroch (1935) 124:
If I thought there was a slight and that I was being lightlied. Kcb. 1911 Crockett Rose of the Wilderness xii.:
Never a responsible person to see that she wasna lichtlied by thae city folk! m.Sc. 1924 O. Douglas Pink Sugar xxvii.:
I'm no' lichtlying the laird … but for a' that I wadna fancy him masel'.
2. Of a bird: to forsake (its nest) (Sc. 1825 Jam.).
II. n. 1. The act of scorning or disparaging, a slight. Hence lichtliefow, haughty, slighting, scornful (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 105; ne.Sc. 1960). Adv. ¶lichtlifee (by confusion with next word below), scornfully.
Sc. 1710 T. Ruddiman Gl. to Douglas Aeneis:
As good give the lightly as get it. Fif. 1883 W. D. Latto Bodkin Papers xxvi.:
I never kent what it was to get the lichtlie mysel'. Abd. 1924 Swatches o' Hamespun 73:
Aw winder at ye flinging by sae lichtlifee, sic a bonnie, dacent lassie as yon! Abd. 1952:
Ye're awfu lichtlyfu o't = You are making little of it, you are contemptuous of it, you are not very grateful for it.
III. adj. Contemptuous, depreciatory (Sc. 1880 Jam.). Obs. in Eng.[O.Sc. lichtly, to disdain, a.1400, lychtly, scornful, 1456, O.E. leohtlic, slight, unimportant, contemptible. From Licht, adj.2]
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