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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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SHITHER, n.2 Also (s)chither. People, folk in gen., natives of a particular district, kinsfolk (Cai. 1970). [′ʃɪðər]Cai. 1909 D. Houston 'E Selkie Man 5:
'E Strowma shither tried t' get Kirsty owre wi' 'em.
Cai. 1932 John o' Groat Jnl. (4 Nov.):
'E Caithness chither in London.
Cai. 1958 Edb. John o' Groat Liter. Soc.:
If schither had got up and jived.
Cai. 1992 James Miller A Fine White Stoor 117:
Here I am. Nobody but old shither for company. I shouldna be thinking this.

[Cai. variant of Childer, Cheelder, obs. pl. of child, Chield. For form, see S, letter, 6., L, 1., D., 4.]

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