Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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‡CHILE, CHILL, Chyl, Chul, n. Sc. (mainly Abd.) forms of St.Eng. child. Forms with dim. or hypocoristic suff. -ie are common. J. Will gives the form chul in Trans. Bch. Field Club (1924) XIII. 41. Pl. chiller (Abd. (Upper Deeside) 1917 (per Abd.8)), cillins. See also Chield. [tʃəil, tʃɪl(ɪ̢), tʃʌl(ɪ̢)]Abd. 1828 P. Buchan Ballads II. 178:
And they hae gi'en her five hundred pounds For to bring up her chill. [Also spelt chile p. 184.]Abd.13 1914:
Aifter the chillies wis a' beddit he gid tull a barber an' got's baird shaven aff.Abd. 1924 A. Barron in Swatches o' Hamespun 45:
Nae mair roch words 'e got, — instead, The chyllies kin'ly wi' ye played.Bch. 1924 J. Wight in Scots Mag. (Oct.) 55:
Said an old dame who “keepit a skweelie,” fifty years ago, taking a child in her arms, “Ye're a protty chullie, an' a solid wacht!”Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr Duguid 25:
I canna tell what we ever had in common, him and me, but that we were cillins, and toddled thegither as bairns through his mother's flure.Tyr. 1929 “M. Mulcaghey” Rhymes of a Besom Man 45:
I made mud pies by the pig craw dure, Like many's the other chile.
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