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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).
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WOOZLE, adj. Also wozlie, woslie, wuzlie, wislie; also in ppl. form wuzzlin. Having a pinched, shrivelled, sallow face (Rxb. 1825 Jam., s.v. woslie, wuzlie, a.1838 Jam. MSS. XI. 220, wuzzlin); dwarfish or stunted in growth, unhealthy-looking, also wuzlie-like (Lth. 1825 Jam.); doing dirty work, busy at some messy task (Rxb. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XI. 220).

[s.Sc. variant of Oozlie, q.v., and see also W, letter, 3.]

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