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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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QUISQUOUS, adj. Also quisquose, quiscos(kos), quisquis.

1. Perplexing, doubtful, debateable, dubious (Sc. 1808 Jam.).Sc. 1720 R. Wodrow Corresp. (1843) II. 485:
Being biassed with his opinion in quisquose and difficult matters.
Ayr. 1830 Galt Lawrie Tod IV. ix.:
Your conduct this day has been very quiscos.
Ayr. 1836 Galt in Tait's Mag. (Jan.) 33:
The leddies maybe a wee quiscoskos in character.
Sc. 1899 Montgomerie-Fleming 122:
Strangers arriving in a place and being considered of doubtful character are spoken of as “Very quisquis sort of people.”

[O.Sc. quisquis, 1671, quisquous, 1678, id. Prob. ad. Lat. quisquis, who- or whatsoever, i.e. uncertain, undefined.]

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