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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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CWITE, CWYT(E), Kwite, Kwyte, Cweet, n. ne.Sc. forms of Eng. coat. See P.L.D. § 126.3. Cf. Quite. [kwəit ne.Sc., but Mry. + kwit]

1. A coat (Mry.1, Mry.2 1925, cweet; Bnff.2, Abd.9 1941, cwyte).Abd. 1879 G. Macdonald Sir Gibbie III. ix.:
As gien a poet was sic a gowk 'at naebody heedit . . . whether he gaed wi' 's cwite hin' side afore or no.
Abd.(D) 1916 G. Abel Wylins 135:
Twa men cam' hame fae kirk fu' snod — Braw kwyte an' sheenin' boot.
Abd. 1995 Flora Garry Collected Poems 24:
Noo, she's skycin roun the gable-eyn, her leen, i the early gloam,
Wi a muckle cwyte aboot her an a graavit ower her face.
Bch. 1932 P. Giles in Abd. Univ. Review (March) 101:
Bein' in a hurry he hid nae time ta put on a cwyt or a bonnet.

2. A petticoat (Bnff.13 c.1927, cwite; Abd. 1929 (per Abd.4), kwite; Abd.2 1941; Bnff. 1992).Abd. 1868 G. Macdonald R. Falconer x.:
But I'll sweir the crater I saw was in cwytes.

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