Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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OOZLIE, adj. Also ozelly (Jam.).

1. Slovenly, untidy, unkempt, dirty (Kcb. 1900). Also in Nhb. dial. Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 367:
A person is said to be oozlie looking, when he has on a long beard, unbrushed clothes, and dirty shoes.

Hence (1) oozily, adv., in a befuddled and slovenly manner; (2) oozlieness, n., slovenliness, laziness (Sc. 1880 Jam.). (1) Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 79:
Wi' dancing and drinking, the night slided by, . . . And mony a drunken chiel ouzily did ly.

2. Dark-complexioned, swarthy (Lth. 1808 Jam.).

[Cf. Mid.Eng. usell, wretched, miserable. O.N. úsæll, unhappiness, úsælligr, poor-looking.]

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"Oozlie adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Jun 2019 <>



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