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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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SUIL, v. Also søl (Jak.). To walk in a heavy laboured manner, to move slowly and sluggishly, freq. of clouds or boats (Sh. 1971). [søl]Sh. 1894 Williamson MSS. (25 May):
Der a wife gaain suilin up da road.
Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
To søl aboot a t'ing, to geng sølin, to søl aboot de hus.

[Norw. dial. søyla, to be slovenly and lazy.]

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