Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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WHESS, v. To pant, gasp from shortness of breath, breathe loudly and rapidly (Ork. 1920 J. Firth Reminisc. 154, Ork. 1974). [ʍɛs] Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 116:
Like tae leep wi' veelant haet That gaird him whess for want o' braith.
Ork. 1956 C. M. Costie Benjie's Bodle 63:
“A'm whessan like onything,” said the aald wife.

[Norw. dial. kvæsa, to pant, blow, O.N. hvaesa, to hiss.]

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