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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).
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SOWP, v.3 Only in ppl.adj. sowpit, exhausted, spent, wearied, worn out (Sc. 1808 Jam.).Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 25:
Soupet spirits hopeless o' relief.
Abd. p.1768 A. Ross Fortunate Shep. MS. 122:
At last comes on her soupit sair wi' eeld.

[O.Sc. solp, 1450, sowpe, 1513, to become weary, solpit, 1450, exhausted, poss. a back-formation from Sopite, lit. “dulled with sleep, etc.” with excrescent l.]

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