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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).
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SLEETH, n. Also slieth. A slow lazy person, a sloven, sluggard (Abd. 1808 Jam.), also as a gen. term of reprobation, a worthless character. Hence sleeth-like, sluggardly. [sliθ]Abd. 1742 R. Forbes Journal 6:
To help the leethfu' leepit sleeth o' a coach-man to yoke his horse.
Abd. 1804 W. Tarras Poems 19, 44:
Some sumph gets up, scull proud o' pence, An' slieth-like bids me couch. . . . Fu' mony a pridefu slieth ye stowe.
Mry. 1805 J. Cock Simple Strains 130, 137:
Foul fa' that young and souple sleeth, That cudna had his feet, forseeth! . . . Thae sleeths, wha hoard up meal and grain.

[ne.Sc. variant of Slouth, from O.E. slǣwþ, Mid.Eng. sle(a)uth, sloth.]

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