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BAISE, BA(I)ZE, n. and v.1 [be:z, bes]

1. n. Confusion, bewilderment. Ags. 1833 J. Sands Poems 71:
He gae [his face] a dight, and in a baze Jumpt quick intil his Sunday's claes.
Ags. 1898 G. H. Rea The Divot Dyke, etc. 61:
'Twas Flitty [term time] — Farfar in a baise Wi' country folk in Sunday claes.
Per. 1895 R. Ford Tayside Songs 66:
Oor lasses a' are in a baize, An' like to rive their duds wi' lauchin'.

2. v. Gen. as pa.p. or ppl.adj.

(1) Confused, bewildered. Sc. 1706 J. Watson ed. Choice Collection i. 47:
Into his Face she glour'd and gazed, And wist not well she was so bazed, To what Hand for to turn her.
Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 373:
You look like a baz'd Waker seeking Wash.
w.Dmf. 1920 J. L. Waugh Heroes in Homespun iv.:
Weelum an' Rab gaed oot, steckin' the bothy door behind them wi' a bang, an' dazed an' baised, I sat me doon on my kist.

(2) Concerned, afraid. Dmf. 1825 Jam.2:
Wer't no for that I should na be sae baist.

[O.Sc. bais (from 1420) for abais, to dismay (see D.O.S.T.). O.Fr. ebaiss-, esbaiss-, ppl.stem of esbahir. N.E.D. gives baze, baise, to stupefy (earliest quot. 1603).]

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