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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.

THOUSAND, n., adj. Also Sc. forms thoosan(d), thoosant, and I.Sc. toosan, tousand. Sc. form of Eng. thousand. See D, letter, 2. and T, letter, 9. (v). [′θuzən(d)]

Sc. forms.

  wm.Sc. 1991 James Russell Grant in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 54:
Wee books ae crime stories fur thruppence
Picturs ae important men an a thoosan an wan ither items
m.Sc. 1996 John Murray Aspen 3:
but och whitna creed could jalouse
a curse pit on a skaithless tree
whase leaves whiles bleeze wi gowden fire
that smoorsna or skinkle siller
rain that faasna, that jig an reel,
whiles sing in a thoosan distant
unkent tongues,
m.Sc. 1997 Liz Niven Past Presents 17:
At Jan Palak Square
A mindit on oor ain martyrs,
A thoosan mile awa.
Twa wummin, young an auld
Droont ower the heid o releegion
In Covenantin times.
em.Sc. 1999 James Robertson The Day O Judgement 15:
Sae the sax days' darg o God is skailt.
An brocht by fire tae nocht again.
But Lord, sae great thy gear ye'd loss
A thoosan warlds an hardly ken!
Abd. 2000 Sheena Blackhall The Singing Bird 15:
This waddin's cost five thoosan poon,
A dauchlin guest did say.
An sae it sud! Like Hollywud,
The cameras birred and cleek't.
O photies wi their finery,
Thon fowk wad nae be swick't.
w.Lth. 2000 Davie Kerr A Puckle Poems 5:
A'm oan the broo!
Ur you?
Ay, A took ma two thoosant redundancy.

Sc. usages in combs.: 1. toosanfeet, the centipede (Sh. 1948 New Shetlander No. 9. 20, Sh. 1972); 2. thousand-leaved clover, the common yarrow, Achillea millefolium (Bwk., Rxb. 1905 E.D.D.). Also in n.Eng. dial.: 3. thoosantaes, = 1. (I.Sc. 1905 E.D.D.; Sh. 1972).1. Sh. 1959 New Shetlander No. 51. 12:
Clocks, toosan-feet, moratoogs.

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"Thousand n., adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 28 Sep 2022 <>



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