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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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COWLD, COWL, adj. and n. [kʌul(d), kɔul(d)]

1. adj. Cold (Cai.7, Arg.1 1940, cowld; Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn., cowl).Sh.(D) 1918 T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. I. 53:
My head is gettin cowld, an as I'm subject ta brooncaidies I widna winder bit what I'll be laid up.
Sh. 1994 Laureen Johnson in James Robertson A Tongue in Yer Heid 171:
He wis tirn. He axed me what ta hell I wis playin at, haet wan meenit an cowld da next?
Cai. 1992 James Miller A Fine White Stoor 77:
' ... Does it keep going for all these years and never stop? D'ye feel cowld as ye die? ... '

2. n. (1) Cold (referring to the weather) (Sh.4 1934).Cai.7 1942:
Chonnie 's oot 'ere in 'e cowld.
Arg. 1998 Angus Martin The Song of the Quern 54:
An if ye haena got a shot tae haud ye at the quay
fillin endless baskets fae the howld,
as sure as Hell ye'll hae a spell
o mendin nets oot in the freezin cowld.

(2) Cold (referring to the ailment). Known to Cai.7 1940.Sh.(D) 1916 J. J. H. Burgess Rasmie's Smaa Murr, Navember 27:
Da haert hed da cowld; bit love made her a brocghen [Brochan, n.1].

[See P.L.D. § 164.8.]

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