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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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EESE, n. Also e(e)s(s). n. and ne.Sc. forms of Eng. use (Cai., Bnff., Abd. 1950). See P.L.D. §§ 128, 37, 35. [is]Abd. 1804 W. Tarras Poems 53:
Or yet to pluck me a' in pieces, An' tan my hyde for diff'rent eeses.
Bnff. 1847 A. Cumming Tales (1896) 52:
“. . . ither siller things” . . . that she “never heard a name till, nor didna ken the eese o'.” [Ib. p. 83, ese.]
Cai. 1890 J. Sinclair Scenes and Stories 191:
Did she tell ye she had 'e eess o' 'e murtcloth?
Mry. 1897 J. Mackinnon Braefoot Sk. v.:
It's my opeenion 'at it's nae eese tae pray for rain.
Abd. 1942 (per Ags.17):
I once heard this said in Aberdeen by a man who had been troubled by a lawyer: — “Gin the deil disna get Francie — there's nae eese for a deil.”
ne.Sc. 1991 Ken Morrice in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 61:
I canna mind the date or foo mony
years I wis mairrit. The Prime Minister?
That wid be Mister Churchill. Na, na,
that's nae richt either. Is it Mister
Wilson? O laddie, it's nae eese ava.
Abd. 1996 Sheena Blackhall Wittgenstein's Web 43:
There wis a muckle paper-mashie model o a rig, wi paper divers at its foun an toilet rolls for gas pipes leadin frae the boddom tae a muckle chart on the waa aside Bacon an Eggs' hoosie, wi aa different eeses o ile that wid jist bumbaze ye.

Hence derivs.: (1) eesfa, eesefu', useful; (2) ees(e)less, useless; (3) ees(e)less muckle, too much. All known to Bnff., Abd. correspondents 1951.(1) Abd. 1872 J. G. Michie Deeside Tales 34:
Weel, sir, the money wid nae doubt hae been vera eesfa.
Abd. 1926 P. Giles in Abd. Univ. Review (July) 222:
There wiz nae uncanny dealin's aboot it, and Sawtie wiz a rale eesefu' carle t' the countryside.
(2) Abd. 1917 C. Murray Sough o' War 27:
Ye eesless, idle, poachin' hurb, ye're lyin' snorin' there, An' Germans cryin to be killed, but deil a hair ye care.
(3) Abd. a.1880 W. Robbie Yonderton (1929) 90:
There's a silk nepkin here 'at aw wid like terrable weel, bit she's seekin eeseless muckle for't — it's saiven an' saxpince she says.
Mry. 1927 E. B. Levack Stories old Lossiemouth 18:
Did iver ye hear sic a feel mon comin' wi' win' tae hes that has aye eesless muckle o't?

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"Eese n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 14 Apr 2024 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/eese_n>

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