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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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SOWF, n., adj. Also souff, sowff and deriv. souffle. [sʌuf]

I. n. 1. A fool, a simpleton, a stupid, silly person (Kcd. 1825 Jam., souff(le); Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 176; Abd. 1929).Mry. 1865 W. Tester Poems 160:
Though I, puir sowf, sud hang condemn't.
Abd. 1995 Flora Garry Collected Poems 43:
Wifies in safties, snibbin back-doors,
Hard him an mummelt: 'Peer sowff!'

2. A lazy, idle, drunken fellow (Kcd. 1825 Jam., souff(le)).

II. adj. Feeble-minded, simple (Abd. 1933). Comb. sowf-heid, a fool (Abd. 1969).

[Imit. Cf. Sumph.]

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