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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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DEE, v. Gen.Sc. form of Eng. die. Ppl.adj. deein', deean'. [di: Sc., but s.Sc. + dei, see P.L.D. § 103]Sc. a.1724 Lady G. Baillie Were not my Heart light in Orpheus Caled. (1733) I. 88:
She raised such a Pother 'twixt him and his Mother, That were na my Heart light, I wad dee.
Sc. 1991 R. Crombie Saunders in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 28:
Warlds frae the lyft hae fled, an sterns gane black
Sen yesternicht, bot anely God can read
In the derkened universe o my tuim hert
What galaxies He ended whan you deed.
Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 32:
Bit the thinkan' wey's best for a deean' man.
Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb x.:
My uncle, 't deet Can'lesmas was a year.
Ags. 1988 Raymond Vettese The Richt Noise 26:
... a taigle squirmin on the grund
like streekit worms that dee in cauld rain -
m.Sc. 1917 J. Buchan Poems 27:
He dee'd afore his heid wad wag In God's denial.
wm.Sc. 1954 Robin Jenkins The Thistle and the Grail (1994) 19:
"Lucky? I'm one that's not been lucky. Everybody in this toon kens I'm deeing."
wm.Sc. 1985 Liz Lochhead Tartuffe 33:
Ah'd dee raither than hurt you, Ah care faur
Too much to ever -
em.Sc. 2000 James Robertson The Fanatic 222:
Memories. Whit ye mind as a wean. Ye come fae nowhere. Ye gang back tae naethin. Ye had a faither that dee'd. A mither that was aye huntin things in charity shops and auction rooms.
Lnk. 1998 Duncan Glen Selected New Poems 50:
"Dee, my verse,
dee as the unnumert fell
- in storming heiven ...
w.Dmf. 1912 A. Anderson “Surfaceman's” Later Poems 204:
When the deein' sunlicht lay On the lang green howms o' the windin' Nith.
Rxb. 1990 David Purves in Joy Hendry Chapman 59 76:
Lest year, graundfaither dee'd at seivintie-sax, -
he liggs ablo the mouls on Brierielaw -

Phrs.: 1. to dee in the band, like M'Gibbon's calf, to die married; 2. to dee the death o' Jenkin's hen, see Jenkin's Hen.1. wm.Sc. 1835–37 Laird of Logan II. 58:
Dee whan ye like, ye'll dee in the band, like M'Gibbon's calf.

[O.Sc. has de(e), dey, die, from 1375.]

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