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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.

RESPECK, v., n. Also respec (ne.Sc. 1884 D. Grant Lays (1908) 28; Abd. 1926 Abd. Univ. Review (July) 227), respek (Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) H. 80, Ayr. 1823 Galt Gathering of West (1939) 52; Dmf. 1920 J. L. Waugh Heroes in Homespun 5); raspec (Edb. 1884 Mod. Sc. Poets (Edwards) VIII. 72). Sc. forms and usages of Eng. respect (Lth. 1819 J. Thomson Poems 71; Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xxvi.; Gsw. 1922 N. F. Grant Valuable Rival 13; Uls. 1929 M. Mulcaghey Besom Man 85). Gen.Sc. See P.L.D. § 63.2. Sc. usages. [rə′spɛk]

I. v. To regard affectionately, to esteem. Also in Eng. dial. In Sc. there is a greater element of affection than deference in this usage.Sc. 1867 N. Macleod Starling i.:
He was weel respeckit, for he was just and mercifu'.
ne.Sc. 1888 D. Grant Keckleton 28:
A weel-respectit man, Matthew Davidson.
m.Lth. 1894 P. H. Hunter J. Inwick 49:
It's no braid claith an' a gowd ring that maks a man respeckit in the kirk, but juist the man himsel.
Fif. 1958 T. G. Snoddy Green Loanings 47:
His thocht on ither's trouble aye was set, And that garr'd a, folk haud him weel respeckit.
Abd. 1998 Sheena Blackhall The Bonsai Grower 61:
Bit I kent him as Faither. Sax fit twa in his stockent feet he stude, like a muckle respeckit granfaither knock, straicht an heigh an regular's the mairch o the meenit hauns ower its face: ...

II. n. 1. Affectionate esteem or regard, esp. in phr. to show respeck, to attend the funeral of a deceased friend. Gen.Sc.Lth. 1853 M. Oliphant J. Rintoul (1892) vii.:
A homely black-and-white cotton gown, whereby she silently testifies her “respect” for the dead.
e.Lth. 1892 J. Lumsden Sheep Head 119:
At yer burnin' will be there Fu' mony a lad ye skelpit sair — To show “respeck”.
Abd. 1995 Flora Garry Collected Poems 32:
There's twaa wyes o kennin -
Wi yer heid, yer rizzon an muckle respec
For the weel-stored min'; ...

2. Deriv. respectly, respectable.Sc. 1743 Origins Forty-Five (S.H.S.) 27:
In case you find it not too assuming and in a stile sufficiently respectly you will be so good as take the trouble to deliver it with an appology.

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