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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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ONPIT, n., v. Also -put. [′onpɪt]

I. n. 1. That which is put on, dress; esp. used of an article of clothing that can be worn only once without cleaning, etc. (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., Rxb. 1964).w.Sc. 1854 Laird of Logan 319:
Mair anent Personal Appearance and Onput.

2. An offering, oblation.Sc. 1879 P. H. Waddell Isaiah xix. 21:
They sal ser' him wi' slachtir an' on-put.

3. A pretence, insincere behaviour (Sh. 1964); also one who puts on an act, a pretender, shammer.Rxb. 1958 Trans. Hawick Arch. Soc. 25:
If you pretended, you were “juist an onpit.”

II. v. In vbl.n. onputting, = I. 1. (Rxb. 1964).Kcb. 1899 Crockett Kit Kennedy v.:
You can pay for it? . . . if you can, and that honestly, it consorts but ill with your onputting.

[On-, pref.1, + Pit, v.1 O.Sc. onputting, 1511.]

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