Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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SLAISTER, v., n. II. 1. Add quot.: em.Sc. 1999  James Robertson The Day O Judgement 21:
" ... Think hou yer lusts wud spulyie it,
A slaister mak o awthin fine.

II. 1. adj. Add to defin.: Also sleisterie.
Add quot.: Abd. 1998  Sheena Blackhall The Bonsai Grower 70:
Noo, Loch an Dav wis seenister an sleisterie betimes, glaury at its boddam wi lang, treelipin weeds.

II. 3. Add quot.: wm.Sc. 1985  Liz Lochhead Tartuffe 17:
So the man who gie's his dochter's haun should ken that it's
Him that's responsible for the sins she commits.
Think! Afore you get her in sich slaister!

II. 5. Add quots.: Sc. 1999  Scotsman 26 May 10:
The main offences her children commit are: being a slaister, dawdling, losing things and talking back.
Sc. 2001  Scotsman 14 Dec 4:
It’s “The Rudest Men In Scotland”, dressed by GQ magazine. But appearances can be deceptive, and Kiernan is soon picking the raisins out of the BBC Scotland scones and spilling his coffee everywhere — he’s a right slaister.
Edb. 2005  :
He's an awfy slaister gotten since he's had yon wee shock.

II. Add: II. 6. A smear, small amount.Sc. 1998  Herald 11 Jul 26:
This is the land of the real tomato, rich, sweet and firm — not the tasteless, perfectly formed, genetically "improved", greenhouse variety ... Eaten with a slaister of olive oil, sprinkled with fresh chopped basil ...

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