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Wa(l)kand, pres. p., ppl. adj. Also: wa(l)king, walkane, walkkand, wakin, va(l)kand, vakande, vakkand, waiking. [ME and e.m.E. wakiende (c1175), wakond (Destr. Troy), wakyng (a1475), waking (1568); Walk v.1] a. Awake, in a state of wakefulness. b. fig.Active, alert, diligent, occupied, busy, attentive.a. attrib. c1475 Wall. vii 114.
His spreit agayne to walkand mynd is past. And wp he rays
1549 Compl. 60/8.
Quhen it slais ane man that is sleipand, he sal be fundin dede, and his ene close; and quhen it slais ane valkand man, he sal be fundin dede, and his ene appin
1621-40 Melville Commonpl. Bk. 48.
The walking cok that airlie crawes
predic. a1400 Leg. S. xvii 310.
That nodir was he slepand rycht sundly Na ȝet vakkand al fullely
a1400 Leg. S. xl 1208.
The mast part of that nycht he lay Vakand
c1409-1436 Kingis Q. § 2.
Quhen, as I lay in bed allone waking, New partit out of slepe a lyte tofore
1456 Hay II 125/6.
The metis that ar etyn in the dyner ressavis the hete of the day in mannis corps quhen he is wakand and travailand
?c1500 Rathen Manual 28/1.
Cursit be thai … sittande standande gangande lyande slepande vakande rynnande and rydande
1637 Rutherford Lett. (1894) 219.
Night-watchers hold one another waking by speaking to one another
(b) 1460 Hay Alex. 3044.
In the morning, quhan he was walkand, He callit his counsell
a1500 Seven S. 2616.
Thre ravynnis ar euer on me rolpand Etand drynkand slepand walkand
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 49/213.
Than ly I walkand for wa
1535 Stewart 40026.
His awin cors for to keip Fra all perrell, baith walkand and on sleip
1560 Rolland Seven S. 2319.
Walking as he lay, He turnit about
1567 Sat. P. iii 70.
To dance that nycht thay said sho sould not slak With leggis lycht to hald the wedow walkane
1571 Cal. Sc. P. iii 681.
All was in bid and na creatour walkkand
1597 James VI Dæmonol. (STS) 52/7.
That is, a soothdreame (as they say) since they see it walking
1600-1610 Melvill 403.
He … finding me walking, begoud to tell me [etc.]
1613 Fraserburgh Kirk S. 24 (13 Oct.).
[She] com to hir bedsyid to sie gif scho war walkand and scho makand hir to be a sleip [etc.]
(c) 15.. Clar. ii 681.
To hir bed scho bounit … Whair scho lay waiking
proverb. a1598 Ferg. Prov. No. 478.
It is a soothe bourd that men sees wakin
b. a1400 Leg. S. xv 22.
He was nocht dwelland With Criste, na in this warld vakand
c1420 Wynt. viii 4365.
A cumpany That as schawaldowris war wa[l]kand In till the vale of Anand
1490 Irland Mir. III 117/20.
Sa suld the kyrkman and clergi be euir wakand for the honour and proffit of the king
1549 Compl. 6/14.
Ȝour nobil fadir held the grit armye of enemeis valkand on ther tothir syde, throucht the grit assaltis ande escarmuschis that he maid contrar them
1549 Compl. 37/10.
I thocht it necessair til excerse me vitht sum actyue recreatione, to hald my spretis valkand fra dulnes
1554 Corr. M. Lorraine 387.
I haif direct ane cumpanye of folkis to visie Makky, and purpossis to hald him and his walkand to the cummyng of the schipe with the mwnisioun
a1568 Bann. MS 52a/85.
Ȝe men of kirk that cure hes tane Of sawlis for to wetsche and keip … Be walkand ay that ȝe nocht sleip
c1650 Spalding (BC) I 2.
They lived as outlaws … and openly avowed they had tane this course to gett their own possessions again, or then hold the country walking
1682 Lauder Observes 78.
Halton … was waking busily for him … many a tyme, when the significant men now ware sleeping and doing nothing

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