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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Gude nicht, Gudnicht, n. Also: gud(e)-nycht, guidnycht, -nicht, -night, goodenycht. [ME. gud nyght, good niȝt (c 1374).] Good night, as a leave-taking phrase. a1500 Henr. III. 153/79.
Gud nycht, guk, guk, … I haif no tome … langer to tary
1513 Doug. Concl. 23.
Adew, gallandis, I geif ȝou all gud nycht
1535 Stewart 36802.
Tha bad gude nycht and hame thair wa is gone
Ib. 56939.
He bad gude nycht, and syne gaif vp the gaist
c1550 Rolland Ct. Venus ii. 679.
He tuik guid nicht at thir weird sisteris than
1567 Sat. P. iii. 62.
Quhen Dalila and Bothwell bad gudnycht
a1585 Maitl. Q. xxxviii. 17.
O that gudnicht hes cansit mekill wo
Ib. lxxxiii. 1.
Ane new fairweill, a strainge gudnicht Of thé … I now will tak
1583 Maxwell Mem. II. 153.
Quhow ȝe and I partit … without ane guid nycht
a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI 191.
He was dispashit from Scotland without sycht or gude nycht of the King
1625 Lett. & State P. Jas. VI 380.
Letterfourie taks goodenycht and raid towardis Elgin

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"Gude Nicht n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 May 2024 <>



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