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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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GANDIVEESE, v., n. Also gandovee. [′gɑndi′vi:z], [′gɑndə′vi:].

I. v. “To stare at something in a bemused sort of way” (Ork. 1929 Marw.).

II. n. A trifling or imaginary illness, esp. one used as an excuse for shirking work. Sometimes applied to tools or implements which do not function smoothly (Ork.5 1900); a whim, caprice.Ork. 1956 C. M. Costie Benjie's Bodle 63: 
Thoo nivir kens whar Aa'll genng eence I tak' the gandovee.

[? From Ork. gan (see Gaan), to stare, + Veeze, to aim at, scrutinize.]

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