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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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ILL-BEARIN, adj. 1. “Unable to bear sickness or hardship with fortitude” (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., Sh. 1958).

2. Unsympathetic, intolerant, hostile.m.Lth.1 1958:
He's a wild laddie, but the neibours are ill-bearin tae him.

[Ill- + bear.]

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"Ill-bearin adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 29 Jan 2023 <>



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