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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).
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WHOAST, v., n. Also whost, whust. Variant forms of Hoast, q.v. See W, letter, 7.(2)(i).

I. v. To cough.Sc. 1726 Ramsay T.-T. Misc. (1876) I. 130:
To whost and hirple o'er my tree.

II. n. A cough (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., whust).Peb. 1793 R. D. C. Brown Comic Poems (1817) 172:
Rifts and whoasts frae baith their ends.

[For wh- < h- see W, letter, 1.(2)(i) and cf. Whorn, Whuff, Whull.]

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