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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HOUSAL, adj., n. Also hoosal.

I. adj. Household, belonging to the house (Sc. 1882 Francisque-Michel 424). Obs. in Eng. in late 17th c.Rnf. 1813 E. Picken Poems II. 5:
In sicken housal wark she bure a skair.

II. n. The master of ceremonies at a wedding. The full form maister hoosal, id., is also found (Ork.5 1957).Ork. 1911 J. Omond 80 Years Ago 12:
The master of ceremonies, called the “hoosal” (household), saw that each guest got a dram and a biscuit and cheese on arrival.

[A reduced form of household.]

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"Housal adj., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 23 Jun 2024 <>



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