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Havy, Havie, a. Also: hawy(e, hawie, havey, hayvie. [Var. of Hevy a., confined to Sc.]

1. Heavy, in various figurative applications.Very common in the 16th century.(a) c1475 Wall. i. 253.
With havy cheyr and sorrowfull in thocht
1513 Doug. iv. i. 1 (Sm).
With havy thochtis
1535 Stewart 16211.
To vmschew that chance and havie caice
Ib. 25007.
Sad in mynd and havie into hart
1549 Compl. 73/23.
This sair complaynt is to me rycht hauy
Ib. 170/30.
His fal & ruuyn sal be the hauyar
1576 Reg. Privy C. II. 571.
Scho is … delayit to hir havy dampnage and skayth
1590 Burel Pilgr. i. xxxvi.
The litill beists maid hauie mane
c1650 Spalding I. 299.
He also plunderit … be exacting of havie fynes
1655 Blairs P. 92.
Ane hauey perseqution agens all cathelikes
(b) 1529 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 122.
The hawy murmour on the belman
1562-3 Winȝet I. 107/5.
With … hawy dolour for the foremer offensis
1578 Inverness B. Rec. I. 261.
To my greit hurt, hawye dampnage and skayth
1583 Maxwell Mem. II. 152.
Greitt dollour and hawie displesour
(c) 1596 Dalr. I. 196 m.
The hayuie hatred and inuie of the Pechtes towarde the Scottis

2. Materially heavy. 1574 Acts III. 91/1.
Euery landit man … [to] be enarmit in harnes licht or havy
(a1570-86 Dunb.) Maitl. F. clxv. 11.
I wald he had an hawye clog
1584 Acts III. 311/1.
For remeid of wecht alsweill havie as licht
1619 Melrose P. 341.
This countrey wilbe spoylled of the havye … gold

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