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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).

TENDER, adj. Also tener (Abd. 1916 G. Abel Wylins 48), tenner. See P.L.D. § 64. Sc. forms and usages. [ne., wm.Sc. ′tɛnər]

1. In delicate health, sickly, ailing, weakly (Sc. 1752 D. Hume Polit. Discourses 56; Sh., ne.Sc., Ags. 1972). Now only dial. in Eng.Bnff. 1703 Rec. Bnff. (S.C.) 253:
Often tender and not able to travell especiallie in the winter tym.
Ork. 1704 P. Ork. A.S. IX. (1930–1) 53:
The Minister being tender and sickly.
Sc. 1711 Fountainhall Decisions (1759) II. 662:
She, feeling tender, took the advice of some physicians.
Sc. 1773 Caled. Mercury (18 March):
A Person in a tender way.
Sc. 1818 Scott H. Midlothian v.:
I had been tender a' the simmer.
Abd. 1898 J. R. Imray Sandy Todd xi.:
We're jist a' back an' fore aboot oor ten'er ordinar'.

Combs. and derivs.: (1) tender-eyed, having weak eyes (Sc. 1787 J. Beattie Scoticisms 87). Obs. in Eng.; (2) tenderly, ill, sickly, valetudinary (Sc. 1787 J. Beattie Scoticisms 15); (3) tenderness, a state of sickness or ill-health.(3) Sc. 1701 Atholl MSS. (29 Aug.):
My wifes tenderness is my only excuse.
Abd. 1707 Session Rec. Auchterless MS. (8 June):
No lecture by reason of the Minister's tenderness.
Ork. 1718 H. Marwick Merchant Lairds (1936) I. 71:
Pray be cairfull of your self for I hear that your housbands tenderness hes occasioned you to be litle better as he is.
Sc. 1726 J. Colston Guildry Edb. (1887) 131:
In respect of his valitudinariness and tenderness.

2. Of coal or other mineral: soft, easily broken or split off. Obs. exc. dial. in Eng.Ayr. 1799 Ayr. Arch. and Nat. Hist. Soc. I. 109:
We also learn that the roof was “tender” , and that in one place 18 feet of the roof fell in.
Rnf. 1812 J. Wilson Agric. Rnf. 18:
Below the Upper coal there is a Tender coal not worked.

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