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HERTIE, adj., adv., n. Also hairty, herty, heartie. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. hearty. [′hɛrtɪ, ′herte]
I. adj. 1. Of persons: fond of fun and good company, jovial, cheerful, merry (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Gen.Sc. Also transf. to things.
Also adv. Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 113:
Says Colen then, come heary gees a sang, An' let's be hearty wi' the blythsome thrang.Rnf. 1789 A. Wilson Poems (1844) 365:
To be hearty over a pint.Rnf. 1815 W. Finlayson Rhymes 120:
I always wish to see a hearty fire.Abd. 1865 G. Macdonald Alec Forbes lxxiii.:
Alec Forbes, a ceevil, herty cratur, wi' a kin' word an' a joke.Gsw. 1873 A. G. Murdoch Lilts 30:
Blessings on the hearty maut.Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 7:
The young lethy wus a he'rty, blithesem, cheerie, humble wife.Per. 1887 R. Cleland Inchbracken 238:
I'se fesh out the kebbock, it looks hearty.Mry. 1898 J. Slater Seaside Idylls 95:
I gaed an' heeld ma New Year as hairty's the rest.
Phr.: ye're awfie hertie when ye laugh, describing an ungenerous person (Ags., Fif., Edb., Arg., Ayr., Dmf., Rxb. 2000s).Edb. 1989:
"He only contributed 50p to the Christmas fund." "Oh aye, he's awfie hertie when he laughs."
2. Liberal, openhanded (Sc. 1808 Jam.; ne.Sc., Ags. 1957).Sc. 1776 D. Herd Sc. Songs II. 137:
But as the truth is, I'm hearty, I hate to be scrimpit or scant.
3. Having a good unrestrained appetite, eager for food; esp. of guests at a meal (Sc. 1825 Jam.; ne.Sc., Ags. 1957). Also in Eng. dial. but gen. now used in Eng. only in such phrs. as a hearty eater.Ags. 1820 R. Mudie Glenfergus I. 334:
Again and again she pressed them to be hearty.Sc. 1893 L. Keith Lisbeth xii.:
She's never hearty at her meat.Kcb. 1897 T. Murray Frae the Heather 128:
We are meat able, heartie, and thrivin' a, fine.
4. Intoxicated, tipsy, exhilarated by drink (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Sh., Cai. 1957).Sc. 1695 Letter in Atholl MSS. (12 March):
He . . . went to dine with . . . who made them so hearty that it was not proper to speak to him of any business concerning the regiment.Edb. 1818 Edb. Ev. Courant (8 Oct.):
The pannel was hearty, but knew what he was about, and could walk very well.Sc. 1844 W. H. Maxwell Sports and Adv. (1853) 266:
His honour was riding home hearty.Edb. 1881 J. Smith Habbie and Madge 10:
Enter Habbie in a hearty condition, singin' awa like a laverock.
Hence heartie-fou, extremely intoxicated.Gsw. 1879 A. G. Murdoch Rhymes 77:
The dram was faur before the sword, An' a' were heartie-fou — an' brithers.
5. Plump, inclined to corpulence (n.Sc. 1825 Jam.; Abd. 1957).
6. Of persons: suffering from a weak heart (Cai., Abd., Ags., Per., Ayr., Kcb., Dmf. 1957).Abd.27 1920:
A flozen herty-like chiel, blae kin' about the face.
7. Of newly-washed clothes: well-dried and ready for ironing (Kcd., Ags.13 1946). Cf. hert-dry, B. 7.
II. n. A well-disposed helpful person.Abd. 1990 Stanley Robertson Fish-Hooses (1992) 135:
The boss asked us tae work overtime and tae bide until ten-o-clock. He said that he wid gae us a little something extra if we wid be his hearties and nae let him doon.
Hertie adj., adv., n.
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