Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
EILD, Eeld, n., adj.1, v. Also ild; †yeeld (Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 7); eel. Now mainly poet. [i:ld]
1. Age in general, a period of life.
Sc. 1737 Ramsay Proverbs (1776) 75:
We may ken your eild by the runkles of your horn. Abd. after 1768 A. Ross Fortunate Shepherd (S.T.S.) ll. 195–196:
He's set to go about with the young squire, That by a year or twa had shorter eeld. Edb. 1773 R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 34:
Here is the true an' faithfu' list O' Noblemen and Horses; Their eild, their weight, their height, their grist, That rin for Plates or Purses. Ayr. 1823 Galt Entail lxx.:
A handsome, manly youth for his inches and his eild.
Phr.: to be ae eild wi', — eels wi', to be the same age (as) (Mry.1 1925).
Sc. 1859 C. S. Graham Mystifications 71:
I am just ae eild wi' the auld King George III, and I daur say I am as happy as he is.
2. Old age (Ags. 1949, ild). Also fig. = old persons, old folk; rarely in pl.
Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 95:
Eild and Poortha is a sore Burthen on one Back. Edb. 1773 R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 40:
Wi' eild our idle fancies a' return, And dim our dolefu' days wi' bairnly fear. Ayr. 1786 Burns To J. Smith xiii.:
For, ance that five an' forty's speel'd, See, crazy, weary, joyless Eild, Wi' wrinkl'd face. Ayr. 1812 A. Thom Amusements 43:
Wedded eilds, to rest inclin'd. Rxb. 1821 A. Scott Poems 17:
Now legs and feet, benumb'd wi' eild, Could scarce step owre a strae. Sc. 1929 P. Macgillivray in Scots Mag. (Dec.) 197:
Decrepit eild; folk in their prime; And bairnies sair dismayed. Abd. 1936 Abd. Univ. Review (March) 132:
For crabbit eild'll grip ye yet.
3. Antiquity, long ago (Ags. 1949).
Dmf. 1899 W. Bennet Echoes 71:
Hersel' the bards o' Eild could name, Wise, gude and clever.
II. adj. Old, aged. Rare.
Lnk. 1923 G. Rae 'Mang Lowland Hills 41:
I grup ye, hairp, wi' runkled hauns sae eild, An', till I dee, My sang shall be o' Scotland.
III. v. To grow old; used principally as ppl.adj. eildit, aged.
Per. 1816 J. Duff Poems 55:
Prints o' different kinds an' patterns, Fit for maids or eildit matrons. Abd. 1900 C. Murray Hamewith 27:
I fear whiles He's forgotten on his eildit gard'ner here. Sc. 1932 Scots Mag. (Jan.) 292:
For I'm gey an' eildit.
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