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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XII).
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Willing, Wil(l)and, ppl. adj. Also: willeng, villing. [ME and e.m.E. wiling (Cursor M.), willyng (1509); pres. p. of Wil(l) v.1 l c.]

a. predic. Desirous, eager to do (something). b. predic. Disposed, ready, prepared to do (something), chiefly to comply with (something). c. attrib. Deriving from a ready will.Cf. also Ill-willing adj., Wele willand ppl. adj.a. c1400 Troy-bk. ii 1047 (C).
Anthenore … willand hys perdicioune All to compleyne … He travaled [etc.]
c1400 Troy-bk. ii 1451.
Anthenor, in Troye not willand To duelle … Of hys will syne away hym maid
1580 Reg. Privy C. III 324.
The said lord … nawyis willing to impeid the publict peax for [etc.]
1596 Dalr. I 212/13.
The Britonis, willing to cast aff thair kaiuel and sair tyred to keip it langre
1604 Reg. Morton I 191.
We ressauit ȝour lordship's letter villing us to inform ȝour lordship of [etc.]
c1615 Chron. Kings 43.
The King willing to pas the rewer of Spay in ane littill bark … wes be accident drownitt
1632 Lithgow Trav. iii 101.
The which I willing to see, I entreated my associats to accompany me thither
b. a1561 Q. Kennedy Breif Tract. (ed.) 112/12.
Otheris quhilkis ar villing to renow condamnit heresis
1576 Douglas Corr. 213.
I shalbe most willeng to accomplesh your disier
1582 Reg. Privy C. III 532.
He salbe utterlie wrakkit and willing thairfoir to use sum lenitie
1600 Melvill 8.
He moved the Lard of Anstruther to be willing to dispone … the right of the teind fisches to the paroche
1602 Colville Paraenese Ep. 62.
Euer habill and willing to supplie him
1642 Alyth Kirk Sess. in Sc. N. & Q. XII 60.
Thairfor the session being villing to forder such an nesessarie vork … hes grantit to give them out of the box 10 libs.
(b) 1583 Misc. Wodrow Soc. 460.
As tuitching the visitatioun of the seik … he was evermair maist wiland and glad to wissie the puirest creatour being … requyreit thairunto
c. 1594 Warrender P. MS IA 109.
Of thair willing offer of all courtesye and plesour in quhatsoever thay might be stedable unto ws

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