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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Idil-, Idle-, Ydilteth, n. [f. Idill a., with suffix -teth, appar as in Danteth n. In mod. Sc. and north. Eng. dial. as idlety.] Idleness. — a1538 Abell Chron. 50 b.
This forsaid king excludit ydilteth out of his ring
1568 Lyndsay Pref. 6.
Sindrie vtheris quhilk stranglie wrait aganis the … idilteth of the begging freiris
1585 James VI Ess. 74.
Flee ydilteth, which is the greatest lat
?1672 R. Bruce Serm. Kirk Edinb. Aa vij b.
The ministerie is a worke and no idleteth

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"Ydilteth n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 May 2024 <>



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