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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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BAUL(D), Bawl, Bald, adj. [bɑld I.Sc., sn.Sc., Per.; bɑ:l Cai., Abd. + bɑld; bǫl(d) wm.Sc.; bǫld Lth.; bɒld Peb., bɒ:l sm.Sc., s.Sc. + bɑld; bɑul Ant. The vowel may be of medium or full length.]

1. Courageous, audacious, fiery-tempered, energetic in performance, as bold in St.Eng. Gen.Sc.Ork. 1854 D. Vedder Poems (1878) 15:
The mornings e'e saw mirth an' glee I' the hoary feudal tower O' bauld Sir Alan Mortimer.
Cai. 1932 “Caithness Forum” in John o' Groat Jnl. (22 Jan.):
A widna lek til be so bawl as til ask fat they wir daen New Year's nicht.
m.Sc. 1927 J. Buchan Witch Wood v.:
My faither was a bauld man, but he wadna have stirred a fit over his ain doorstep on the night o' Rood-Mass for a king's ransom.
m.Sc. 1976 Walter Perrie A Lamentation for the Children (1977) 10:
When The Strike wis oan in twenty-six the baul Tam (aye up tae his tricks) ...
Per. 1869 Songs of Lady Nairne (ed. C. Rogers) 41:
Lane, on the winding Earn, there stands An unco tow'r, sae stern an' auld, . . . Ance refuge o' the Wallace bauld.
w.Lth. 1724 Hamilton of Bangour Poems, Braes of Yarrow (ed. 1850) 9:
O'er rashly bald, a stronger arm Thou met'st, and fell on the Braes of Yarrow.
Lnk. 1893 T. Stewart Among the Miners 111:
What though it's rough, or frail, or aul', It hauds a gem, a spirit baul'.
Gall. 1929 Gallovidian, Bauldy at the Toll Bar Shop 84:
The verra thocht o' beer aye mak's me feel soople an' bawl.

2. Strong, stormy; of things.Sc. 1818 Scott Rob Roy xxix.:
The brandy hadna been ower bauld for your brain, Major Galbraith.
Ayr. 1822 H. Ainslie Pilgrimage 81:
When the win's grow cauld, when the burns grow bauld.

3. Strong, in good health.w.Dmf. 1894 J. Shaw in Trans. Dmf. Gall. Antiq. Soc. 143:
“Are you bauld?” signifies “Are you in good health? Are you strong?”

4. Of a fire: burning fiercely, hot, also fig. of a burning thirst (Sc. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XI. 12, a bauld drouth).

[O.Sc. bauld, bald, bold; O.E. bald (W.S. beald), id. O.N. ballr dire, Goth. balþei, boldness. Ger. bald, soon, quickly.]

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