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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.

PLEASURE, n., v. Also pleis(h)ure (Rxb. 1916 Kelso Chron. (5 Feb.) 2),  pleisur; pleesure (Kcb. 1894 Crockett Lilac Sunbonnet iv.), pleeshir (Rxb. 1912 Jedburgh Gazette (19 July) 3), -ur (Bnff. 1924 Swatches o' Hamespun 83), pleezher (Abd. 1955 W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick xxx.), -ure (Abd. 1926 Abd. Univ. Review (July) 227); pleeser (Abd. 1915 H. Beaton Benachie 107), pleesur (Sc. 1808 E. Hamilton Cottagers of Glenburnie xiii.), pleaser; pleasour (wm.Sc. 1837 Laird of Logan 111), plaesur (Sh. 1898 “Junda” Klingrahool 14, 1916 J. Burgess Rasmie's Smaa Murr (19 May)), -ir, plaisir.  Sc. forms and vbl. usage of Eng. pleasure. [′pli:zər, ′plez-; now more commonly ′pli:ʒ-]

I. n.

Sc. forms:Abd. 1987 Sheena Blackhall in Joy Hendry Chapman 49 56:
A springtime snawdrop, derkened b' an aik
She's spukken for langsyne - yet, incomplete
His sun's her pleisure, mindin on his maik
Is pure delicht, her trimmlin sap replete
m.Sc. 1987 Ian Bowman in Joy Hendry Chapman 50-1 78:
Howanever, nae doot the young teacher o English on his lee lane frae Embro wis glad to forego the pleesures o the barley bree for the delichts o James King's hoose, ...
m.Sc. 1991 Donald Goodbrand Saunders in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 136:
The days they spent in pleisure,
The nichts, lay side be side.
em.Sc.(a) 1994 Kate Armstrong in James Robertson A Tongue in Yer Heid 84:
Her deepest pleisure, in normal times, is tae sink a fork intae the soil, and feel its brief resistance afore crumblin apairt, daurk and halesome-smellin, ...
Abd. 1998 Sheena Blackhall The Bonsai Grower 48:
Maisie's mither surveyed her handiwark wi pleisur. "Ay, ye'll dae! Here's yer hymn book. Noo, rin an open the yett - I hear the kirk bell dingin."
em.Sc. 2000 James Robertson The Fanatic 63:
' ... Even you wi yer odd sympathies, John, I think would find it no possible tae imagine hoo onybody could get pleisure oot o carnal relations wi a horse.'

II. v. Also with impers. subject.

tr. To please, content, give pleasure to, satisfy (ne., em.Sc.(a), Lth., Gall. 1966). Now obs. in Eng.Per. 1766 A. Nicol Poems 22:
I'll strive to pleasure my sweet lass With kisses and caresses.
Rnf. 1807 R. Tannahill Poems 22:
Tae weave mysel' a simmer snood, Tae pleasure my dear fellow.
Sc. 1824 Scott Redgauntlet xi.:
Aweel, what for should I not pleasure the young gentleman?
Fif. a.1870 J. M. Morton Broken Bowl 31:
Whan ane wad greet she'd pleaser't sae aul' farr'n.
Sc. 1886 Stevenson Kidnapped xii.:
There was a Stewart to be starved and a red-headed hound of a Campbell to be pleasured.
Kcb. 1895 Crockett Moss-Hags xiii.:
Walter, will you not pleasure us with your company tonight?
Kcd. 1895 M. M. Black Cargill 16:
Commin' back to her auld hame wad pleasure her fine.
Fif. 1896 G. Setoun Robert Urquhart 28:
A little thing like that pleasures an auld body.
Ags. 1915 V. Jacob Songs of Angus 35:
To lie his lane, And pleasure himsel' nae mair.
Abd. 1928 N. Shepherd Quarry Wood xiv.:
Ye'll hae to pleesure her. It canna be for long.
Sc. 1991 T. S. Law in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 32:
anerlie the yin snode airt
whaur leerielicht, guid watter an scran, an the crack o men
pleesure the hert.

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"Pleasure n., v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 3 Oct 2022 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/pleasure>

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