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PLEASURE, n., v. Also pleis(h)ure (Rxb. 1916 Kelso Chron. (5 Feb.) 2), pleesure (Kcb. 1894 Crockett Lilac Sunbonnet iv.), pleeshir (Rxb. 1912 Jedburgh Gazette (19 July) 3), -ur (Bnff. 1924 Swatches o' Hamespun 83), pleezher (Abd. 1955 W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick xxx.), -ure (Abd. 1926 Abd. Univ. Review (July) 227); pleeser (Abd. 1915 H. Beaton Benachie 107), pleesur (Sc. 1808 E. Hamilton Cottagers of Glenburnie xiii.), pleaser; pleasour (wm.Sc. 1837 Laird of Logan 111), plaesur (Sh. 1898 “Junda” Klingrahool 14, 1916 J. Burgess Rasmie's Smaa Murr (19 May)), -ir, plaisir. Sc. forms and vbl. usage. [′pli:zər, ′plez-; now more commonly ′pli:ʒ-] tr. To please, content, give pleasure to, satisfy (ne., em.Sc.(a), Lth., Gall. 1966). Now obs. in Eng. Per. 1766 A. Nicol Poems 22:
I'll strive to pleasure my sweet lass With kisses and caresses.
Rnf. 1807 R. Tannahill Poems 22:
Tae weave mysel' a simmer snood, Tae pleasure my dear fellow.
Sc. 1824 Scott Redgauntlet xi.:
Aweel, what for should I not pleasure the young gentleman?
Fif. a.1870 J. M. Morton Broken Bowl 31:
Whan ane wad greet she'd pleaser't sae aul' farr'n.
Sc. 1886 Stevenson Kidnapped xii.:
There was a Stewart to be starved and a red-headed hound of a Campbell to be pleasured.
Kcb. 1895 Crockett Moss-Hags xiii.:
Walter, will you not pleasure us with your company tonight?
Ags. 1915 V. Jacob Songs of Angus 35:
To lie his lane, And pleasure himsel' nae mair.
Abd. 1928 N. Shepherd Quarry Wood xiv.:
Ye'll hae to pleesure her. It canna be for long.

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"Pleasure n., v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 May 2021 <>



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