Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

HOBOY(E), n. Also †hoyboye, hautboy. A performer upon the hautboy or oboe, specif. a member of the company of musicians employed by Edinburgh Town Council until the middle of the 19th c. as town waits. See Wake. Edb. 1701  Burgh Rec. Edb. (10 Dec.):
The Council . . . Discharged all others to exerce the said office of Hoyboyes . . . and appoints the petitioners to begin their usuall play upon the first Teusday morning of October.
Sc. 1721  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 54:
The Hautboys distant Notes shall then oppose Your phantom Cares, and lull you to Repose.
Sc. 1724  Ramsay T.-T. Misc. (1876) I. 83:
What if I shou'd waking ly, When the hoboys are gawn by.

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Hoboy(e) n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Nov 2019 <https://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/hoboye>

12778

snd

Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

    Loading...

Share: