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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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DAITH, DAETH, n. Gen.Sc. forms of Eng. death. Cf. Death and Deeth. [de:θ Sc., but Ags. deɪθ]Sc. 1930 R. J. B. Sellar in Scots Mag. (Sept.) 422:
I'm thinkin' it must ha'e laughed itsel' to daith.
Ork.(D) 1880 Dennison Sketch Bk. 4:
Ayrie kent he could no gang oot whill nicht, for he wus seur tae be teen; an that wus daeth.
Abd. 1991 George Bruce in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 23:
they wha catapulted him
intae this life or daith or mixter-maxter o the baith.
m.Sc. 1991 Tom Scott in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 41:
Ay, and see richt throu me
Inti the fires my hert in dern is dreean,
No even daeth can get in me sic quakin
em.Sc. 1999 James Robertson The Day O Judgement 9:
"Can I no pit masel aye frae ye?
Can daith no perish ye for guid?..."
wm.Sc. 1985 Liz Lochhead Tartuffe 26:
Again! Yiz'll be the daith o' me!
Don't be stupit! C'mere the baith o' ye.
Arg. 1906 “H. Foulis” Vital Spark iii.:
It would be the daith of you at wance to take beef, though there's plenty in the pot.
Kcb. 1893 S. R. Crockett Stickit Minister iii.:
A' this time the young man had been standin' wi' a face like daith.

Combs.: 1. daith-hunger, “the last desire of a dying person for food” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); 2. daith-ruckle, “the death rattle” (Ib.).

[Daith(e), dath(e), daythe, late variants of dethe, common c.1580–1630, found in O.Sc. from 1567 (D.O.S.T.).]

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