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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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VISION, n. Also Sc. forms veesion; weeshin (Abd. 1928 Word-Lore III. 147), weishan (Abd. 1921 T.S.D.C.), weezhan, -in (ne.Sc.). See P.L.D. § 45 and W, letter, 5. (1). Sc. usages. [′vi:ʒən, ′wi:ʒən]

1. A puny emaciated person or animal, one who is wasting away (I.Sc., Slg., Dmf. 1973). Also fig., an insignificant characterless person.Sc. 1825 Jam.:
Puir thing! she's grown a mere vision.
Abd. 1875 W. Alexander My Ain Folk xi.:
It's an unco veesion o' a creatur; aw doot sair it winna store the kin lang.
Sh. 1877 G. Stewart Fireside Tales 89:
It just began an' wüor up, an' wüor up, till it wis a perfect veesion.
Abd. 1932 Press and Jnl. (6 April) 2:
Amon' sic a mardle o' hefty chiels as ye've hid vreetin' t'ye, a peer weezhan like masel widna hae muckle wecht.
Abd. 1955 W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick ii.:
Some tink boddy's weezhin 'at 'ey wuntit redd o'.

2. A perverse child (Cai. 1973).

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"Vision n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Apr 2024 <>



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