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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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LEISURE, n. Also Sc. forms: leeshure; leezure (Gal. 1929 Gallovidian 25); leasure (Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xxi.), †laizour (Sc. 1725 Analecta Sc. (Maidment 1834) I. 311), laeser, -ir (Sh. 1898 Shetland News (29 Jan.)), leiser (Abd. 1868 G. MacDonald R. Falconer xi.), layzer (Bnff. 1923 Banffshire Jnl. (30 Dec.) 6). Hence ppl.adj. laesird, advs. leisur'-like (m.Lth., Ayr., Wgt. 1960), leeshurely, comb. a[= on] leasure, at leisure, in a leisurely way. [′li:ʒər, ‡′ləiʒər, Sh., s.Sc. + ′liz- (D.S.C.S. 127)]Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 38:
A leasure, as Lairds dies.
Abd. 1871 R. Matheson Poems 149:
He has nait'rally eneuch gane awa, nae rinnin' an' fleein', but geyan leisur'-like.
Sh. 1952 J. Hunter Taen wi da Trow 109:
Wi laesird, stately steps folk cam, An aa wir bound wan wye.

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"Leisure n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 12 Jun 2024 <>



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