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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SCLENDER, adj. Also sklender; sclenner, sklenner, sklinner, sclinner (ne.Sc.). Deriv. sklend(e)ry(e) (Slk. 1825 Jam.). Sc. (now chiefly ne.) forms of Eng. slender. See P.L.D. §§ 64, 69. [′sklɛndər; ne.Sc. ′sklɛnər, ′sklɪn-]Slk. 1818 Hogg B. of Bodsbeck i.:
A bit sklendry lassie o' aughteen kill sae mony armed Highlanders?
Dmf. 1821 Blackwood's Mag. (Jan.) 400:
There's mair whistling than red land wi' thee, my sclender chield'.
Ags. 1853 W. Blair Aberbrothock 79:
Oot cam' the Provost, a sklender mannie.
Sh. 1898 “Junda” Klingrahool 6:
Hits sklender croppen and fainly vynd.
Mry. 1932 E. Gilbert Spindrift 30:
A thin gowd ring, a sklinner chain.
ne.Sc. 1957 Mearns Leader (14 June):
Prudence wis a heich umman, bit sklenner.

[O.Sc. sclendir, c.1470.]

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"Sclender adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 3 Oct 2022 <>



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