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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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MAZE, v., n. Sc. usages, now only arch. or dial. in Eng.:

I. v. To amaze, bewilder, stupefy (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Deriv. mazer, one who causes astonishment (Ib.). Ppl.adj. and adv. mazing, amazing(ly), astonishing(ly).s.Sc. 1897 J. C. Snaith Fierceheart 149:
We took wine together . . . we waur that mazing naffy.
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
He's a raig'ler mazer . . . It's mazin wather.

II. n. 1. A state of amazement or astonishment, perplexity (Abd., Ags. 1962).Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry Storm'd 137:
[He] up the street Rade on — in mickle maze I ween, For fient ae face was to be seen.
Rnf. 1835 D. Webster Rhymes 29:
In midst o' my mazes reflection unkind Shew'd the form of a faithless young fair in my mind.

2. A haze, a slight mist.Sc. 1813 Scott B. of Triermain Concl. i.:
In morning mist or evening maze.

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"Maze v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 22 May 2024 <>



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