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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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ILL-COME, adj. 1. Gained by wrongful or dishonest means, ill-gotten (Abd.7 1925; n., em.Sc.(a) 1958). Cf. Eng. ill-come-by.

2. Illegitimate, bastard (Mry., Bnff., Abd. 1958). Also ill-come-by (Ags., Fif. 1946), ill-kom-o (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.).

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



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