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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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TEMP, v. Also timp (ne.Sc.). Pa.t., pa.p. tempit. Sc. forms of Eng. tempt. See P.L.D. § 63.2. Also to tease, annoy (Cai. 1972). Hence tempin, -en(g), vbl.n., ppl.adj., tempting; temptashous, temptacious, tempting; temptsome, tempting, alluring; also, by conflation with captivating, ¶temptivatin, id. (Slk. 1875 N. Elliott Nellie Macpherson 25).Sc. 1807 Child Ballads (1965) V. 166:
The first an thing that ever ye gaa to me Was the tempen chess of farie.
Kcd. 1820 E. Tevendale Misc. Poems 26:
No fond endearments temp me now to live.
Sc. 1829 New Sc. Haggis 178:
I kenna how mony kinds o' veevres there were, a' unco temptsome.
Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb x.:
It's a temp'in o' Providence to keep them back.
Lnk. 1895 A. G. Murdoch Readings ii. 30:
The display was very ample and indeed ‘quite temptashous'.
Kcb. 1901 R. Trotter Gall. Gossip 57:
Awfully tempit wi the sicht an the smell o' the whuskey.
Per. 1903 H. MacGregor Souter's Lamp 82:
Tempin' the Deil this wy in his ain hoose.
Dmf. 1937 T. Henderson Lockerbie 80:
A' howp he'll no' land at the en' o' the week and temp folk tae be shiftin' their gear on the Sawbath day.
Abd. 1955 W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick xxi.:
A corter o' yer fine timpin lyookin breed.

[O.Sc. temp, from c.1450.]

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