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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
This entry has not been updated since then but may contain minor corrections and revisions.


1 Illness (Ags.2 1940; Fif.16 1948). Ags.17 1940:
Is there muckle distress i' the toun?
Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.:
Since I had that distress in my head.

2 Sc. usage: bad, stormy weather (Sh. 1975). Obs. in Eng. in 18th c. Sh. 1949 J. Gray Lowrie 54:
Man, Olie, da burn is fairly swalled dis moarnin efter da nicht o' distress.

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"Distress n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 May 2024 <>



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