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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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LAIDRON, n. Also ladren, laudron (Dmf. 1805 Scots Mag. (Sept.) 782); la(i)th(e)ron, -er(i)n; lethron; lid(de)ron(e) (wm. and sm.Sc. 1887 Jam.). A term of abuse for a lazy, loutish person, a loafer, a slattern, a drab. Also attrib. = lazy, loitering (Per. 1825 Jam., laitherin).Sc. 1718 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 79:
Whisht Ladren, for gin ye say ought Mair, I'se wind ye a Pirn To reel some Day.
Kcb. 1789 D. Davidson Seasons 90:
But Maggy, wha fu' well did ken, The lurking latherins' meaning.
Ayr. a.1796 Burns Merry Muses (1959) 46:
Weary fa' the laithron doup.
Ayr. 1821 Galt Annals xxiv.:
She . . . would not let me, her only daughter, mess or mell we the lathron lasses of the clachan.
Sc. 1832 A. Henderson Proverbs 61:
It's nae wonder wasters want and laithrons lag behind.
Bnff. 1852 Banffshire Jnl. (2 March):
Nae sour drucken laidron to mak' her heart eerie.
Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr Duguid 283:
Thou impeddent latheron . . . what's t'ou gaffawin' an' lauchin' at God's word for?
Ayr.3 1913:
Whit could ye expect bit ruin, whan there was so much laitherins?

[O.Sc. ladron, a low rascal, phs. ad. O.Fr. ladron, Lat. latro, a robber, brigand, the notion of laziness being later introduced by association with Laith, and phs. Lither.]

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