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TWILT, n., v. Also twolt, twult, toalt, towlt (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.), twalt, tolt. Sc. forms, also in Eng. dial., of Eng. quilt. [twɪlt, twʊlt; s.Sc. + tolt]

I. n. A quilt, quilted bed covering (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 454; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; I.Sc., Cai., em.Sc.(a), wm.Sc., Rxb. 1973). Also attrib. Mry. 1708 E. D. Dunbar Social Life (1865) 207:
An Inglish blanket and a twilt.
Rs. 1724 W. MacGill Old Rossshire (1909) 136:
Bed with yellow hingings and twilt covering.
Rnf. 1751 W. Hector Judicial Rec. (1878) II. 292:
Two bed twilts, one figured cotton bed mantle.
Per. 1816 J. Duff Poems 56:
Blankets, sheets and stripit-tykin', Twilts an' cov'rin's to your likin'.
Kcb. 1897 A. J. Armstrong Robbie Rankine at Exhibition 34:
“Look what fine carpets, faither.” “Bed twults, I think.”
Ork. 1949 “Lex” But-en Ballans 8:
Last week I wis washan wir blankets, a twilt an twa orra tings.
Cai. 1958 Edb. John o' Groat Liter. Soc.:
A caff seck an' a patchwork “twilt”.

II. v. To quilt (Sc. 1825 Jam.; I.Sc., Ags., Fif., Rxb. 1973). Hence twilted, quilted, twilting, vbl.n., quilting, comb. twilting basket, a padded or quilted basket. Sc. 1708 Edb. Gazette (1–8 June):
Fine Cradles, fine Twilting Baskets.
Edb. 1734 Caled. Mercury (7 Oct.):
2 white twilted peticoats.
Rnf. 1760 W. Hector Judicial Rec. (1876) 155:
Two Twilted Covers.
m.Lth. 1925 C. P. Slater Marget Pow 129:
It was showery-like, and no' very warm, so I put on my twilted petticoat.
Rxb. 1958 Trans. Hawick Arch. Soc. 31:
Some weemen “took in stairs teh wesh” and others munteet at h'yim, and “toltin” was common.

[Forms in tw- are found in Eng. from the 15th c., poss. under the influence of twilled, twill. See also T, letter, 4. O.Sc. twilt, n., 1673, twilled, 1685.]

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