Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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QUAISTERIN, n. A person who lives on his friends, a sponger (Kcd. 1880 Jam.). Also in reduced form quaist, a rogue. rascal, wag (Kcd. 1825 Jam.). Kcd. 1880 Jam.:
A main quaist, a great rogue.

[Appar. the same word as O.Sc. custroun, cuistroun, a knave, from 1530; the forms cu(i)st, coyst, are also found in O.Sc. from a.1500; O.Fr. coistron, quistron, a scullion.]

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