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Heicht, a. Also: hecht, heichtt, heycht, height. [Variant of Heich a., with excrescent -t. Cf. Hicht a.] = Heich a., in various senses.The form heycht generally represents an editorial expansion of the contracted spelling heyt in the manuscripts.(1) a1400 Leg. S. iv. 360.
Hyr palace, hecht & square
1569 Prot. Bk. J. Drummond 77.
Ane heicht saltfat
a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxxviii. 90.
Thair … bred hat, Sumtyme heicht and sumtyme plat
(2) 1375 Barb. iii. 707.
Sum [ships] wald slyd fra heycht to law
1558-66 Knox I. 166.
Seing that he is heychtar then the heavins
a1586 Lindsay MS. 74.
[If] he be weill horsit & heycht he will be sene far of
(3) 1530 M. Works Acc. I. 46 b.
Wynnyng of pend … for the greit windois of the heycht chalmeris
1565 Glasgow Prot. III. 66.
The heicht hows, that is to say with hall, chalmer of deis, and the heycht loftis
1583 Glasgow Chart. II. 612.
His tenement, bak and foir, heycht and laicht
1619 Paisley B. Rec. 137.
The heycht houss … at the Croce
1656 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 341.
The electioune of the commissionar to be in the height gallarie
(4) 1542 Reg. Cupar A. II. 181.
For … the teyndis of the haill Campsy, heicht and laicht
(5) 1562-3 Winȝet I. 133/13.
Science … makis men bowldin and heicht
1564 St. A. Kirk S. 210.
With hecht and presumpteous mynd
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 349.
Schir Johne … grew heicht in consait
Efter lang heicht talk
(6) a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. xcix. 48.
It is not best ane heycht estait to cheis
1594 Lett. & State P. Jas. VI 7.
Right heicht, right excellent, and mightie Princesse
1622-6 Bisset I. 21/18.
Height the attempt, and the performance rair

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