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Leisur, Leysour, Leso(u)r, n. Also: leysure, lessur, -or, leser, lysure. [e.m.E. leisure, leysure (16th c.), leysoure (1479), leesar (16th c.), occas. used instead of Sc. Laiser n. : cf. also Leaser.] Respite, breathingspace, free time; leisure. Also at (great) lesour, at one's leisure or convenience.(1) 1543 Corr. M. Lorraine 27.
I mycht nocht get lesor to wryt at length
(a1568 Dunb.) Bann. MS. p. 9/9.
I cry thé mercy and leser to repent
1570 Cal. Sc. P. III. 178.
[As I have no] lessor [to write to my wife]
a1578 Pitsc. II. 84/5.
[He] dieit ane sudden deid for he could not gett lessur to say God help him
c1590 Fowler II. 144/12.
His actions rease eache on of other that therby na lesour was geuen til any … pepill to appone theme to his courses
1590-1 Bruce Serm. 108.
Take heed to your consciences now, quhill leisur is given you
1600 Crim. Trials II. 215.
Wythout any kinde of armour but his hunting horne, which he had not gotten leysure to lay from him
(2) 1540 Lynd. Sat. 3788 (Ch.).
Maisters ȝe sall heir … At great leysour in ȝour presence proclamit [etc.]
a1500 Colk. Sow I. 317(B).
Vthir sum … At leser drest to dance
1572 Buch. Detect. (1727) 128.
That I suld have that plesure To devise with ȝow at leysure
1587 Warrender P. (S.H.S.) II. 37.
That he had spoken the King but not at lysure

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