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STILL, adj., n., v. Also stull (Abd. 1955 W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick i.). Sc. usages:

I. adj. 1. Of persons: reserved, taciturn, not forthcoming in manner (ne.Sc., Ags. 1971). Comb. still-minded, id. (Rxb. 1971). Now only dial. in Eng. Sc. 1825  Jam.:
He's a still, dour chield.
Abd. 1848  J. D. Tough Short Narrative 5:
I gave offence to Mr Smith, who was naturally of a very still humour.
Ayr. 1952  J. Veitch G. D. Brown 18:
In actual business he was very quiet and reserved, almost watchful, a side of bis nature that was aptly described by the Cumnock banker when he termed him “a still man”.

2. Secret, subdued, undetected. Obs. in Eng. Mry. 1795  Stat. Acc.1 XX. 211:
A still fire broke out, near mid-day, with inextinguishable vehemence, in a room that had been deafened with straw and shavings of wood, instead of clay.

3. Phr. still as a stap, stock-still, absolutely still, motionless (Sc. 1911 S.D.D.).

II. n. The pause in the tide between ebb and flow (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., still of the tide; Sh., Wgt. 1971); a lull in wind (Sh. 1971). See v., and cf. Shakespeare 2 Henry IV. ii. iii. 64. Sh. 1822  S. Hibbert Description 239:
At high-water there is a short cessation of the tide called the Still; the ebb now begins.

III. v. To remain quiet and silent, be hushed and at peace. Vbl.n. stiltin, = II. (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), de stillin o' de tide, Sh. 1971). Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 20:
They've gotten a geet that stills na night nor day.
Abd. 1801  W. Beattie Parings (1873) 42:
I'm sure he [a baby] winno' still the night.

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"Still adj., n., v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jun 2019 <>



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