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YOUTH, n. Also yowth (Abd. 1865 G. MacDonald Alec Forbes lxviii.); ¶youd (Fif. 1825 Jam.). Sc. forms and usages. Hence youthfu, youthfeh (Rxb. 1965 Hawick Express (7 July) 4), youthful. [juθ, Abd. †jʌuθ]

Derivs.: †1. youthheid, -head, youtheid, -hied, -it, yowthheid, (1) youth, the state or time of youth. Now liter. See also Youdith; (2) young people, youths coll.; 2. youthie, -y, (1) adj., young, youthful (Sc. 1782 J. Sinclair Ob. Sc. Dial. 110; Ork. 1974), esp. in appearance as belying one's years. Hence youthily, adv., youthfully, youthiness, youthfulness; (2) n., dim. form of youth, a young person, a young ‘blade'. 1. (1) Gall. 1701 Session Bk. Minnigaff (1939) 54:
Ther mother compearing in ther room (questioned anent the two boys), ansuered they were below censure by reason of ther youthheid.
Edb. 1714 Burgh Rec. Edb. (1967) 264:
After so long perenegration [sic] in this Kingdome of Polland from my youth-head until when by Divine providence am come to old age now.
Abd. p.1768 A. Ross Works (S.T.S.) 155:
As lang's ye hae youthit an' vigor, An' littleanes an' debt are awa'.
Edb. 1801 H. MacNeill Poet. Wks. II. 134:
Year after year in youtheid's prime.
Sc. 1819 in Lockhart Scott xlv.:
Master Charles, who is of course more magnificent, as being the only specimen of youthhead at home.
Lth. 1851 M. Oliphant Merkland I. xii.:
Do you see how strong, and full of health, and strength, and youthheid that face is?
Abd. 1877 W. Alexander Rural Life 170:
Willie in his grey old age, as in his green “youtheid”.
Sc. 1920 A. Gray Songs from Heine 58:
O, let us tak thegither What youtheid gies.
(2) Sc. 1848 Tait's Mag. XV. 123:
Guilty of having committed the education of ‘the youthhead' of the country to men whom they consider disqualified.
2. (1) Ayr. 1822 Galt Steam-Boat i.:
I was, for the time, a new creature, a sort of youthiness that lasted sometimes more than a fortnight.
Sc. 1825 Jam.:
I'se warran she's nae less than three score, but she's as youthie as gin she warna out o' her teens.
Sc. 1826 Scott Journal (1890) I. 240:
I found a certain lady on a visit — so youthy, so beautiful, so strong in voice that I bolted.
Ayr. 1839 Galt Demon of Density 6:
His bright eyes shone youthily.
Per. a.1843 J. Stewart Sketches (1857) 11:
Whaure'er there is a wanton ploy, amo' the youthy fock.
Rnf. 1853 J. Fraser Poet. Chimes 29:
The auld man look'd sae youthy like.
(2) Edb. 1795 H. MacNeill Scotland's Skaith 71–2:
The mair they crack'd, the mair ilk youthy Pray'd for drink to wash news down.

[O.Sc. ȝowtheid, 1375.]

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