Saturday, 4 April 2009



  1. ah, cool!

    in Dutch & German, this roughly translates to " lighght "

    i found this:

    "In the nyght Whan away was the dayes lyght; Troy-bk. ii. 40. "

    = )

    & wow!

    Scots language has a great online dictionary
    D S L

    tremendously helpful!!!

    Licht, n.1 Also: lichte, lycht(e, light(e, lyght, lyicht; leicht, le(i)ght; lich, ligh, lith. [ME. liht, light, lit, etc., lith, (15th c.) leght, early also leocht, OE. l?oht (Angl. l?ht).]
    1. Light, that which illuminates. Licht & merknes I can ma; Leg. S. xxix. 144. It lovis licht and cumpany; Ratis R. 437. Of all thingis that God maid, the claritee and licht is the maist noble; Hay I. 282/29. In hellis hole quhair never is lycht; Rowll Cursing 163. Frome thare sycht Sall taking be all kynde of lycht; Lynd. Mon. 6007. The commoun practik ... to mak of obscuir mirknes a commentare to the cleir licht; Winet I. 57/12. Mair cleirlie than the lycht the cause is oppinnit; Ib. II. 33/10. it I am lyik the blind that blamis the licht; Maitl. Q. lxxv. 11.
    b. Light that is received by anything or that a person sees by. Also fig. in to sit in one's (own) licht, and to be in another's licht (= to be a stumbling-block or obstruction to). (1) The mwne ... As it passis betwix oure sycht, ... [of] the swne lattis ws the lycht; Wynt. viii. 5532. Porrus ... With ... stout visage to se be licht; Alex. ii. 7618. Sall neuer sege ... se me with schame Na luke on my lekame with light nor with leme [sic for: levin]; Gol. & Gaw. 1043. As a candill may gif lycht to diuers als weill as to ane; Irland Mir. I. 27/27. our stinkand styll that standis dirk Haldis the lycht fra our parroche kirk; Dunb. lxxxii. 15. With ful gret lycht graithly I haue thame seyn; Doug. iii. iii. 8. Oblique lucem recipientes, ressaivs licht of sklent; Buch. Comm. on Virgil Georgics iv. 298. (2) Quhar I mysknaw myne errour, quha it fyndis For cheryte amendis it, gentil wight, Syne pardon me, sat sa far in my lycht; Doug. ix. Prol. 84. Quhairfoir ... I wald nocht it war tald, Syne efterwart quhen that we haif no micht, We sat ouir far into oure awin licht; Stewart 22316. Ye bred of the gudemannis mother, ye are ay in the burds licht [No. 1446, lith]; Carmichael Prov. No. 1868. And do we not sit far in our own light, to make it a matter of bairn's play; 1637 Rutherford Lett. (1862) I. 226.
    c. An individual manifestation of light. Fra hewine schane doun a mekil lycht And vmlappyt hym son all; Leg. S. ii. 537. Thane our Lorde in to gret lyicht Come, & aperit to his sycht; Ib. xii. 447. Eftir that semyt this gudly wight Tobe involuyt in allo reky lyght; Doug. vii. ii. 114. A glowand new lyght brystis from his eyn; Ib. ix. xii. 18. The lichtis that wer sene out of the hiest part of our hous all the nicht lang wer ... put out; Buch. Detect. (1727) 69. Within a quarter hour efter scho brocht a candle, but scho did not sie the lyght; 1619 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 83.
    2. Light as emitted by a luminary or object. Also, heavenly or angelic light.
    See also LAMP n. 1 b (2) and 2 c. (1) Sa saw he with the monys licht Schynyng of scheldis; Barb. vi. 216. Vndir this brench ran doun a revir bricht ... Agane the hevinly aisur skyis licht; Dunb. xlvi. 11. The sone, quhen he no lichtis gaif; Dunb. App. viii. 29. Seaven starnes in the lift schawis mair licht nor ane; Carmichael Prov. No. 1331. (b) Thar ... Scheldis Off lycht enlumynyt all the feldis; Barb. viii. 228 (E). Latonya ... Hir subtell blenkis sched and watry lycht; Doug. vii. Prol. 100. The mone ... hes none vther lycht Bot the reflex of Phebus bemes brycht; Lynd. Dreme 389. Venus ... in the mornyng ... gyffis ane grit lycht; Compl. 53/33. To walk nychtlie quhill the mone grow to the proud lycht; 1556 Peebles B. Rec. I. 234. (c) For payntin of the spere of leicht; 1494 Mill Mediæv. Plays 225. (2) Quhar our Lord for his mekill mycht Thair saulys haue to hevynnis licht! Barb. xx. 476 (C). That we may ones inbrace the lycht of heauin; Lauder Minor P. ii. 91. Lyk as the Deuil, callit Lucifer, ane berar of licht, transfiguris him self in ane angel of licht; 1581 Burne in Cath. Tr. 158/11.
    b. Daylight or the time of daylight, day-time. = DAYIS LICHT n., DAYLICHT n. This licht = this world, this life. (1) [The bat] Quhilk lurkis still als lang as licht of day is; Henr. Fab. 1630. Wele aucht thou be afiret of the licht; Dunb. G. Targe 279. Fra morne airlie that tha mycht ken the lycht; Stewart 14366. Thow leis, loun, be this licht, one ar sowttaris be sicht; Id. Bann. MS. 140 a/1. Rycht as the daye is tryit be the lycht; Lauder Minor P. iii. 90. Not only to forbeir the company of men bot alswa from luking on the oppin licht; Buch. Detect. (1727) 28. The lieutennentis ... causit hang ... twa of thair souldiouris vpoun ane trie ... in sicht of thair aduersaris, in lycht; Diurn. Occurr. 263. Quhen day hes lost his licht; Maitl. Q. lxviii. 82. All day ... I loth to sie the licht; Montg. Misc. P. v. 26. It is cleir ... that Reidhous wes vpone the ball-grene playing with him ... the haill lycht and sa ... could nocht be darnit of befoir in the leght; 1611 Crim. Trials III. 214. (2) Erile Mawnis, maist glorious martyre ... the quhilk ... passit fra this licht till euerlestand; 1554 Misc. Bann. C. III. 77.
    3. Lighting, illumination, artificial light; also, the illuminants used to provide this, as lighted candles or lanterns, and attrib. with -silver.
    Also candill-licht, CANDILL n. 3. (a) Spedfull War ... That to Achilles grave go he And thar aforne to kendle gret lyght; Troy-bk. ii. 477. A burd ... Wyth carpettis cled and honowryt with gret lycht; Wall. ii. 281. To Sanct Stevinnis lycht, a demy; 1488 Treas. Acc. I. 100. Ib. 102, etc. Til pay til the ... convent of Cowper of ane stane of walx til the lycht of the sammyn yeirly; 1501 Acta Conc. III. 6. Quhen licht wes owt and durris wes bard; Dunb. xxxii. 46. Sche stertis vp and gettis licht in hy; Freiris Berw. 249. Betuix thir bathis and this continuall licht; Rolland Seven S. 4986. That thay will appeir to have candlis and licht and swordis; 1597-8 Misc. Spald. C. I. 121. Alexr Hendersone ... cuming throche the kirke airde ... saw licht in the counsel-house; ... the lichts cam in the cownsell house of the kirk; 1606 S. Leith Rec. 4. Hers, candill, ... fyve merkis, ... to furneis licht to the mercheantis hers; 1619 Elgin Rec. II. 161. attrib. For li[ch]t silver vj s. viij d.; 1503 Lanark B. Rec. 13. (b) To pay sex s. viii d. to Sanct Eloy leicht; 1521 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. 355. That ilk taverner and inneis keiper put furth leight and lanternes befoir their doores; 1649 Edinb. B. Rec. VIII. 216.
    b. In Galloway: That part of candle which provides light, candle-wax or -tallow. That the pund of candill be sauld for ane yeir for iij s. the pund tua pairt licht and the thrid pairt weik; 1600 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I. 385; 1613 Ib. II. 140, 1670 Ib. MS. 4 Oct., 1672 Ib. 9 Oct. In the seruandis handis ... sex stanis of candill and fyve stanis licht; 1604 Inv. Kenmure in Reliq. Antiq. Sc. 5. [To pay] £20 eirlie for the said Croftmariot with ane stane of licht; 1648 Galloway P. 29 Dec. [The yearly rent of 20 merks Scots with] thre qwartres of light [and] sixe powtriei fowles; 1671 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Deeds I. 281.
    4. A body which emits light, a luminary. a. A heavenly body, as sun, moon etc. The mekle lychtys twa That God has in-to heuen done; Troy-bk. i. 484. In mannis hede thare is twa eyne that ar comperit to the twa lichtis that is in hevin, that is to say the sonne and the mone; Hay II. 157/34. As Phebus bricht in speir merediane ... Passis the licht that cleipit is Dyane; Bannatyne Bann. MS. 230 b/3. His tube once levelled at the sky Sindry, yet hid, lights doth espy; Colvil Whig's Suppl. i. 40.
    b. An ignited candle, lamp or the like. Thai that [tha] lichtis [sc. candles] suld kepe, For hewynes fele one a slepe; Leg. S. xvii. 162. The prior ... sal fynd tua lychtis at the dirige and at the mes; 1471 Ayr Friars Pr. Chart. 53. With grete lightis on loft ... Sexty torches ful bright; Gol. & Gaw. 1254. Ane pund off wax to geiff Sanct Renyan lichtis, iiij d.; 1503 Lanark B. Rec. 13. In quhais honoure gret noumer of lichtis ... the ilk day is erlie brynt; Boece xv. xiv. 601 b. All the takismen of the watteris ... to pay ... yeirlie ... the lithis of wax to the honour of God [etc.] ... that is to say, euery takisman of the raik ... thre lithis; ... euery takisman of the pot ... ane licht, weyane ilk licht half ane lib. ... to be gevin to the lichis of our altaris of [etc.]; 1533 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 149. [The council] ordanes lychtis and bowettis to be set out ... for geving of lycht to the pepil to se; 1545 Stirling B. Rec. I. 41. That na ... persone be fund on the hie gait ... efter x houris ... without ane lycht, viz. lantern, bowet [etc.]; 1556-7 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 261. Her eyes lyke hevinlie lamps and lighs that so inflams my hart; Fowler I. 54/189. Johne Fyen blew vp the kirk durris and blew in the lychtis, quhilkis wer lyke mekill blak candillis; 1591 Crim. Trials I. 246. The gift grantit ... for setting vp of lichts vpone the Fairnie yland; 1619 Conv. Burghs III. 86. At morning ... prayeris, the said Thomas is injoyned to putt ... lightis in ... the ... hearssis; 1637 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 121. For the lightes of Mey 8 li.; 1641-2 Ship Captain's Acc. 46.
    5. fig. a. Applied to persons and to God: A shining light or example; a person of supreme excellence or beauty, a paragon; a source of spiritual or intellectual illumination, a luminary.
    Also, the light of one's eyes, in whom one specially delights. (1) God ... Of this warld callit thame the lichte; Leg. S. Prol. 129. O Jesu Christ ... Of Thi Fader the schynand lycht; Fifteen Ois 275. As Dauid ... first of that age a gret licht in erd; Asl. MS. I. 318/3. Haill, silk to graipe, to sicht rycht lycht in dern; Kennedy Pass. Christ 10. Chaucer, ... Was thou noucht of oure Inglisch all the lycht? Dunb. G. Targe 259. Enee ... O schynand gloryus light to folkis of Troy; Doug. xiii. vii. 44. The lichtis and lampis of the Kirk of God, Athanasius, Gregore, [etc.]; Winet II. 11/15. Call on the Lord, our gyde and lycht; G. Ball. 45. Of hethin folk, blindit so soir, He is the verray lycht; Ib. 58. Haiffing the happe of sic maisters as war the graittest lights of that age; Melvill 14. The devill ... had maid hir associatis quho war the lichtes of the caus to be thair awin burrioes; Trial Isobel Inch ??. (2) Cristyane, my dochtyre brycht, That of myne ene is souerane lycht; Leg. S. xlv. 125.
    b. Of things which provide spiritual or intellectual illumination. A tweche stane of the treuth, a cleir licht to schaw the way; Winet II. 7/2. This faithe is the lycht off the saull; King Cat. 3. The historie quha is ... the lychte of the truthe; Dalr. I. 68/16.
    c. Spiritual or intellectual illumination, as a possession or condition of the mind, or as derived from some particular source. Quhen that the lycht Off oure redemptyowne schynyt brycht; Wynt. v. 1407. Fra thai be growin to welth and weill, ... Till honour and excedand lycht; Ib. iv. 1976 (W). Sa now all staitis of grace lakkis the licht; Contempl. Sinn. 21. Sum spark of licht and spiritualitie Walkins my witt; Dunb. lxxxiv. 45. And hys rememberans The lycht of ressoun has recoverit agane; Doug. xii. xi. 121. Quhen pastouris ... schew greit licht, The temporall stait wes rewlit richt; Lynd. Mon. 5346. Thay quhilk befor ves blindit and ar nou illuminat be the licht of Godis vord; Gau 4/14. That quha so ewer hes aines imbraced the lycht of your evangell can never perische; 1580 Hay in Cath. Tr. 51/2. Warkis, inuentit with the slycht Of Sathan, contrair to thy lycht; G. Ball. 173. I mak thir verse but light and beames perqueire; Fowler I. 193/10. Priestes quha may ... feid thame [the laity] with the pure and sinceir lycht of the religione; Dalr. I. 106/23. Gif thair be a spunk of licht left in nature [etc.]; Rollock Wks. I. 435. Definitiouns ... furnish als oft mater of contentioun as the light they promise; 1610 Calderwood VII. 80. [His Majesty] quhom God hath indeued with light in a sorte supernatural; Hume Orthog. 2.
    d. (To give or have) spiritual illumination, or elucidation or information. (1) Rycht sa ar the prelatis ... likenyt to the sternis in the hevin of the faith to geve lycht to the small people; Hay I 27/22. --- That sic as ar ... ignorant of the factis ... be nocht ... drawin frome thair awin ... affaris for materis whereof they ar nocht hable to gif ony light; 1609 Acts IV. 435/1. The Laird of Many can give yow some licht and informatioun in this erand; 1619 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 171. (2) I wald haue farder licht or I preichit it; 1600 Misc. Bann. C. I. 167.
    e. The state of being exposed to view. To bring to the licht, to produce, bring forth. To come to the lycht, to appear openly. This Rhea ... brocht atanis to the licht twa twynnys; Bell. Livy I. 17/18. Bot standing one na triflis sche come to the lycht schortlie and past to Setoun; Buch. Indict. 44.
    f. The state of being known or published abroad, esp. to bring to licht to reveal, make known, publish, and to cum (also pas, ga) to (the) licht, to transpire, become known, be disclosed, be published abroad. (1) Our saluiour Jesu quhilk ... hes brocht liff and immortalite to licht throw the vangel; Gau 106/32. Gif you do nocht your extreme devoir thairin to bring the samyn to lycht; 1556 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 252. In vulgar toung for to behald and heir Vertew and vyce disclosit and brocht to licht; Charteris Lyndesay Pref. Adhort. 7. The grace of God his trumpry bringis to lychte; 1571 Sat. P. xxix. 42. Do ye what yee can to bryng thir things to leicht; 1611 Annandale Corr. 277. That God ... had ... unexpectedly broght a new presumption to light; 1660 Cramond Kirk S. 3 June. (2) Sett e nocht furth Godds wourd on hycht And mak it cum vnto the lycht; Lauder Off. Kings 208. For thairby it sall cum to lycht That e ar my disciplis rycht; G. Ball. 44. What clocked knaverie he convoyes, ... It comes to licht now at the last; 1583 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 505. To lycht [or] vitnes neuir cam his ak; J. Stewart 54/42. Howsone this peice cam to licht; Spalding I. 258. --- Pas now to lith [1821, licht] with all thi sentence hie; Bell. Boece Proh. (M) II. 406. Lat Lyndesay now as he war it on lyif, Pas furth to lycht with all his sentence hie; Charteris Lyndesay Pref. Adhort. 82. Befoir quhome suld this mater ga to licht; 1572 Sat. P. xxxiii. 3. (3) Thocht it fra licht Be smord with slicht God schawis the richt; Dunb. xlix. 27. Quhensoeuer ... thay ar mindit to commit their laubours vnto licht, they do harbour them [etc.]; Fowler II. 9/16.
    6. A window or opening in a wall to admit light; also spec., one of the openings or divisions between mullions of a window.
    Falland, lyand, standand licht etc., see the adjs.
    Also coll. plur., without inflection. The ylk men sal mak in ylk chapel ... a wyndow with thre lychtys in fourme masoune-lyke; 1387 Edinb. Chart. 35. All the durris and wyndois and uther lichtis maid of new be the said Thomas in his said land; 1527 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 230. For ... thre uprychtis and ane thortour for the lycht of the trance; 1530 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 31. The south round lycht of myd chalmeris contenis of glas xxviii futis ½; 1532 Ib. 94; etc. The said stepill ... with lychtis at all partis for the sound of the bellis ... to be persit; 1542 Soc. Ant. III. 162. Four lycht to be biggit in the southsyd wall ... squair lintalit; Ib. The caus of the falling ... wes ... partlie be breiking of grit lichtis and eistmentis in it; Maitland Ho. Seytoun 45. 1597 (1650) Dundee B. Laws 145. 1599 Kirkcudbr. B. Rec. I. 366. To caus ... strick out lightis and ane entrie; 1649 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 95. To the prejudice of them and ther tenants ther sight and lights of ther houses; 1682 Edinb. B. Rec. XI. 57.


    DSL - DOST Licht, n.2 [Back-formation f. LICHTIS n. pl.] The lung --- Pulmo, the licht; Duncan App. Etym.


    DSL - DOST Licht, n.3 [Appar. nonce-use f. LICHT a.1 in some such sense as `that which causes one to be set at light or despised': see LICHT a.1 7 c (and cf. LICHTLY n.).] Discredit, disgrace. --- Quhilk redundis to the gret dishonour lycht and schame of the office men of this burcht gif the samyn be vnpunissit and it be of verite; 1585 Inverness Rec. I. 299.


    DSL - DOST Licht, a.1 Also: (lichit), lych(t; light, lyght; leicht, leitht. [ME. and e.m.E. light, lit etc., lythe (15th c.), leyt (15th c.), e.m.E. lite (1531), early ME. liht (Orm. lihht), OE. léoht, l?ht (Northumb. l?ht).] Light, not weighty.
    1. Of little weight or density; not heavy. Also, of land: Of light or poor soil. (1) With that the cadgear ... Come rydand on the laid, for it wes licht; Henr. Fab. 2161. Thar targettis bow thai of the lycht sauch tre; Doug. vii. x. 74. The lycht downys up to the skyis glidis; Ib. xi. xiii. 173. Thir four bodyis elementar: Two hevy and grosse, and two ar licht and pure; Bell. Boece I. viii. That they tak na mair fraucht bot samekle as thay ar frauchtit for in the townys bukys, that is to say fra Scotis men xx s. greit the mortcharge and xxj s. greit the lycht guddis; 1541 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 105; 1553 Ib. 184, 1574 Ib. IV. 29. Ane licht hammer; 1580 Reg. Privy C. III. 320. Ane verray lycht thak; 1583 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 310. Licht leading maks weil drawin horse; Carmichael Prov. No. 1060. Licht guidis sic as lynt and hempt; Bisset II. 209/1. (2) And it gif this be nocht I I wait I am the spreit of Gy Or ellis go by [B. fle be] the sky Licht [B. And lycht] as the lynd; Crying of Play 16. Except God make me lichter nor ane fedder; Lynd. Sat. 3527. (3) Et de x bollis ... ordei, viz., lychtbeir et out dichtynnis; 1538 Exch. R. XVII. 140. (4) Jeiuna ... glarea, licht land; Buch. Comm. on Virgil Georgics ii. 212.
    b. Of clothing or c. military arms or armour.
    Cf. also LICHT HORS, LICHT HORS(E)MAN, and light aix, AX n. 3 (in Suppl. to Vol. I). b. Ane courtlie cote, ... A wourthy weid, weill closand, and full licht; K. Hart 332. To dance the damisallis thame dicht, ... Thair kirtillis war of the Lincum licht; Christis Kirk 15 (M). Abuileit ... In licht clethings, all ordanit for the dance; Clar. v. 1545. c (1) Men that licht ... war And licht armyng had on thaim thar; Barb. x. 62. Gude lycht harnes ... wsyt he euir; Wall. iii. 85. Eftir thaim followit men with licht harnes; Bell. Boece I. 229. Euery landit man ... [to] be enarmit in harnes licht or havy; 1574 Acts III. 91/1. That euerie gentilman ... be furnessit with ane licht corslett and pyk; 1600 Ib. IV. 235/2. (2) [To] schute arrowis lycht; Doug. v. ii. 53. Thair waponis ... Leicht as ane leif and waldin as ane wand; Stewart 11939.
    d. fig. Small, slight, little. All his will in this warld with welthis ... Yit sall be licht as leif of the lynd lest; Gol. & Gaw. 289.
    e. Gentle, light (breeze). The figur fled as lycht wynd or the son beym; Doug. ii. xii. 63.
    2. Below the standard or legal weight, underweight. (Chiefly of coins and bread). (1) Rasauit ... 10 Ryns guldins, price 4 s., ... 3 ly[ch]t guldins, price 2 s. 4 g.; 1493 Halyb. 31. Nyn ducattis of wecht of nyntene schillingis the pece ... Item ane lycht ducat xv s. vj d.; 1518 Edinb. Hammermen 255 b. The fyne money of this realme hes in tymes past bene maid lichtar be roungeing ... of the samyn; 1567 Acts III. 39/1. To pay to Alexander Speir ... tuentie pundis for the inlaik of the licht gold upliftet be him; 1621 Edinb. B. Rec. VI. 217. To chang the light money that he haith for good mony; 1649 S. Leith Rec. 88. (b) Thre leicht crownis; 1515 Treas. Acc. V. 29. To ... pay to me ... the sovme of sewyntene scoire of merkis in gold of angell nobillis, crovnis of weicht, unycornis and leitht crovnis; 1536 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 222. (2) The bakstar sayis [etc.] ... ; The dewill said ... With thy licht lewis cum wnto me; Dunb. Maitl. F. xxxii. 40. For caryage of the birsket and sovr breid and licht breid of quheit fra Edinburgh to Leith; 1513 Treas. Acc. IV. 491. For liij gret commvnyon breid ... , for iii lycht breid; 1584 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. MS. 234. The baxter unlawit ... for selling of light bread; 1638 Dumbarton B. Rec. 54. [The Edinburgh magistrates] did tak no ordour ... with fusted breid and lycht loaves; 1656 Nicoll Diary 189. (3) With allowance of viij of the said viij d. grottis ... for remeid of wecht alsweill havie as licht vpoun everie merk wecht of the said money passand the irnis; 1584 Acts III. 311/1. 1593 Ib. IV. 48/2. 1663 Cochran-Patrick Coinage II. 150. (4) His pund weight was fund tuelf drap licht; 1663 Banff Ann. I. 148.
    3. a. Lightly laden, unhampered. b. Of a ship: Unladen, without cargo. To mak him lycht, he kest the lamb him fra; Henr. Fab. 2532. It is statut ... that na ship that is livered or light ly at the shoar; 1560 (c 1650) Dundee B. Laws 21. Quither the schip be laydnit or licht; 1602 Conv. Burghs II. 133.
    4. In the comparative: Delivered (of a child).
    Only north. (Cursor M.) and north midl. ME. and e.m.E. (c 1560), and latterly and in the mod. dial. only Sc.: cf. ON. (verða) léttari (barns), id. See also LICHTER v. (a) Off Neptwne nest scho wes lychtare; Wynt. i. 1521. Twa hundyr wyntyr ... Or lychtare wes the Madyne cleyne; Ib. iv. 1424. At hyr tyme scho wes lychtare; Ib. vi. 1942. Ib. i. 1514, v. 1985, vi. 1208, etc. Katherein Mayne convict to deid ... , executioun deferrit quhill scho wer lichter; 1535 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 70. 1565 St. A. Kirk S. 241. Balfour Pract. 550. Deponis that sche wes nocht present quhen Begis Blak wes lichter, bot immediatle eftir sche wes lichter sche com in; 1586 St. A. Kirk S. 578. Dalr. II. 138/17, 150/32. That Mareoun Nicoll, fornicatrix, was lichter of hir bairne; 1606 Dundonald Par. Rec. 98. (b) Quhil the tym of the Quenis being lighter drew neer; 1594 Warrender P. II. 43. My wvfe ... travailed and about 8 hours in the morning was lighter of a son; 1639 Johnston Diary (1911) 406. 1665 Lauder Jrnl. 128. (c) The Quen of Scotland was leichter of a faire sonne and ... sche was bot a barren stok; Melville Mem. 159.
    5. a. Of food or drink: Light, easy of digestion. Also said of the digesting of such food. Than is nedefull till him tendar metis of licht and sone degestioun and delicious thingis; Hay II. 118/10. Ib. 123/2. Gude tender metis as chekinys and eggis and syk lycht metis of degestioun; Ib. 129/2. The gude water is ... quhite and clere, wele gustit and lycht; Ib. 138/34. A lytill licht repast of degestable mete; Ib. 144/11. Quha wald tak rest ... The supper sowld be schort & licht; Bann. MS. 72 b/30. Carmichael Prov. No. 1047.
    b. fig. Of a sleep: Light, easily shaken off, not deep. Wtheris ... as it war in a licht slummir easelie to be walkinnit; Winet II. 13/6.
    6. fig. Easy to bear or to perform, not grievous or exacting. b. Of literature: Light, requiring little mental effort, amusing. For luff is off sa mekill mycht That it all paynys makis lych; Barb. ii. 521. It is not licht To distroy thame; Alex. i. 1076. The quhilk cheritee makis hevy birding lycht to bere; Hay II. 54/9. Wyfis sayis lukand werkis ar licht; Henr. Fab. 102; Doug. Direct. Æn. 116. I wald, swa it wer licht, ... Tak part off pane; Henr. Fab. 712. Throw thair lordis liberalite The laubour lichter of his men suld be; Bk. Chess 1299. All aduersite is lycht to that man; Remembr. Passion 5. Winet I. 23/24. Ve affirme ... that his ok is nocht licht, bot verie hauie; Burne Disput. 150 b. Ferg. Prov. MS. No. 998. b. I ... in my hand ane vther volume tuke, Of lychter dyte, and storyis of the ald; Rolland Seven S. 8344.
    7. Of small consequence, not grave or serious, slight, trivial, unimportant; also, venial., Ilke foule caus that unknawand man wald for lytill evin allege for fede or despyte ... or othir caus of lycht evyn; Hay I. 266/33. I grant my seruice is bot licht; Dunb. xxii. 51. Breuelie considering the first part of thair titill to this thair supreme auctoritie, I fand it nocht only sclinder and licht bot planelie inglorius; Winet I. 52/9. The sones of Cham quha, knawing ony licht falt ... in thair forefatheris, reuelis it fra hand til wtheris; Ib. II. 81/3. That all materis decydit ... be registrat in the buikes ... except small lycht materis; Instit. Ct. Sess. 5 a. 26 Maij, I had a fitte [sc. of ague] ... bot it was bot licht; 1571 Misc. Bann. C. III. 124. Thai ar but licht and thingis of nane effect; Maitl. Q. lxxiii. 69. Forsamekill as upoun licht and slendir occasioun unhappelie fallin out thair wes divers slauchteris committit betuix [etc.]; 1577 Reg. Privy C. II. 612; Spalding I. 75. Thocht the dommage that can cum thairthrow be neuer so lycht; King Cat. 40. Sic sclender sinnes ... albeit thay ar nocht deadly and appeirantlie licht; Ib. 156. For this disestimation of him is fra that licht account and regaird that they made of him and of the gospell quhilk he teached; Rollock Wks. I. 405.
    b. Said of skirmishes or armed conflicts involving small numbers or few casualties. Erar to stop the Scottis fra taking of thair ... strenthis be licht berganis than ony set battal; Bell. Boece I. 230. Boece iii. iii. 93 b. Betuene thame ... was neuir a set battell but lycht carmushing evir; Dalr. I. 164/9. These dissentionis [were] ... small and weak in the beginning for ... neighbourlie marches ... or licht braulis; 1609 Acts IV. 434/2.
    c. Used predic. or absol. in phrases: To set at licht, set licht, set licht by, let light of, to account of small value, think little of, despise, undervalue. See also LAT v.1 14 (2) and LICHT adv.1 Be Christ, said the coilear, I set that bot licht; Rauf C. 635. Thir lordis leuch vpon loft and lystinit to the King, How he was ... set at sa licht; Ib. 740. I rek nocht of thy riches ... , Thy go[l]d nor thy grassum set I bot licht; Ib. 936. For thair testimonies, thocht thay twichit sum folkis schrewitly, it thay wer sic as thay micht esilie set licht by; Buch. Detect. (1727) 25. God will be about with this generation for letting so light of such things and casting them behind their backs; 1681 Cloud of Witnesses (1714) 141.
    8. Of persons or animals: Light on foot or of movement: agile, active, nimble, fleet. Also transf., of a person's intellect.
    See also LICHTFUTE n. (1) Men that licht and delyuer war; Barb. x. 61. Fiff hundreth armyt weill in steill, That on licht hors war [horsyt] weill; Ib. xiii. 56. Off spede he is mare lycht Than ony foule is apon flycht; Wynt. i. 785. The tigre is a rycht licht best gangand swift as ane arow; Loutfut 17 a. Rycht strong of corpis ... Lusty of schaip, lycht of deliuerance; Dunb. xlviii. 95. Lychtar on fute and agil was the tane; Doug. v. viii. 18. To dance that nycht thay said sho sould not slak With leggis lycht to hald the wedow walkane; 1567 Sat. P. iii. 71. Waldin I am ... and wonder licht; (Henr.) Maitl. F. lvii. 19. Praepes, licht of fleing; Despauter (1579). (2) To behald ther lycht lopene, galmonding, stendling bakuart & forduart; Compl. 66/12. (3) transf. For God has givin thé wit, understanding wyth a lycht subtile engyne; Hay II. 78/11.
    9. Light of heart, free from care, cheerful, happy. This eild [childhood] is lycht and innocent, Suppos it want gud jugment; Ratis R. 1142. Joyfull thay war with hartis licht; Alex. ii. 3560. The presoun [of Venus] is Licht and ioly and full of blis; Ib. 6827. Robene on his wayis went, Als licht as leif of tre; Mawkin mvrnit [etc.]; Henr. III. 92/66. Now lycht, now sadd; now blisful, now in baill; Wall. iv. 337. When we departed at yond gate, Thou was full blyth, and light of late; Sir Eger 68. Persaweis thu thé lycht of wyne and blycht? Fra company ... draw thé swycht; Bernardus 309. Na ferly thocht his hart wes licht That to sic honor grew; Dunb. xxvii. 23. Doug. vi. xv. 41. Swey as thay swey, be blyth quhen thay ar licht; Scott iii. 13.
    10. Given to levity, frivolous, light of conduct.
    For examples of licht of laitis, see LATE n. b (2). Thai saw ... thre men cumand Lik to licht men and vauerand; Barb. vii. 112. That knycht ... lycht off all condytyowne Till allkyne folys redy bowne; Wynt. v. 5567. Than suld mony licht ong rekles men, quhen thai wantit gude, tak bataill apon sakeles men; Hay I. 73/24. Quhen scho is proud to schaw hir than Is takin of a licht woman; Thewis Gud Women 38. Thow lichit [sic] boy, thow menis mekle sorrow; Colk. Sow ii. 154. He is too light, He loves too well to sit at wine; Sir Eger 2574. To be content ... That my licht outheid is ourpassit; Kennedy Maitl. F. lxxi. 7. Wantone and licht company; Hamilton Cat. 91. Nathir was this lycht lawgyuer with ... shame pricked ... that he abhored ... to sett out another new law evin als wicket; Dalr. I. 152/12. Wher the divell appeared to hir alone, lik a light gentleman and convoyed hir a piece, dating hir and lay with hir; 1661 Forfar Witches in Reliq. Antiq. Sc. 132. Ther is great profanity committed be some light conceitted persones at night walkes; 1669 Dunblane Synod 69. [He is accused of] drinking in light company and speaking profain ... language; 1696 Minnigaff Par. Rec. 10.
    b. Wanton, unchaste. (Espec. of women.) attrib. Thadee, that licht woman wes & richt brukil of hyre flesche; Leg. S. xxxv. 3. The unlatit woman the licht man will lait; Bower Chron. II. 376. All licht weman ... to decist fra thar vicis and syne of venerie; 1497 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 425. Thay ... that ... committis fornicatione with hwris or ony licht persons; Gau 16/5. Lycht wynchis luve will fawin; Scott iv. 25. The dene of gild to gif ... sex pund for clothing the licht man that wes in Dyngwall and for putting him ower the watter; 1591 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 41. Mak a licht luf of your awin sweir erss; Carmichael Prov. No. 1165. Anent the great ... misordour done by ane licht woman ... the sessione thinks it expedient that sche be apprehendit; 1615 Brechin Kirk S. 12 Sept. predic. Thair said mother quha is detenit in warde for fornicatioun ... in respect that sche hes bein licht this viij yeir ... to be put in Dyngwall induring the townis will; 1581 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 219.
    c. Licht skirt, a woman of light character.
    e.m.E. light skirts (1597- ). Licht skirt, for all thy skippis, Had I thé in my grippis, on thé I suld be wrokin; Rolland Seven S. 1706.
    d. Of activity, conduct, words, etc.: Frivolous, wanton. Nocht to play thame at playes of dice and of tables and othir licht playis; Hay II. 31/35. He that takis mare plesaunce in ... fair wommen, gude wynis and spicis, lycht wordis with negligence of Goddis service; Ib. 63/35. Wnprofitable delytis ... al that is bot vanite and lycht transitoure blythnes, wnwalable; Wisd. Sol. (S.T.S.) 493. He askit forgiuenes For his licht laytes and his wantones; Prestis of Peblis 984 (Ch.). our awin licht wilfulnes Hes causit me [etc.]; Rolland Seven S. 4633. Lo heir a toy and licht conset And loveris new devyce; Maitl. Q. lxxx. 33. Young woomen ... drinking in ale houses and other light cariages; 1670 Kingarth Par. Rec. 69.
    e. Of an accusation: Frivolous, insincere, lying. Quhatsumever licht report is senistirly maid ... for his demeritis; 1521 Acts XII. 39/2.
    11. That moves or is moved easily; chiefly fig., fickle, inconstant, unstable; facile, hasty (of action, judgement etc.). (1) The sevynt eild ... foretful alsua and lycht In thingis that it gart do or dight; Ratis R. 1688. Or that he write to the Pape ony materis ... for ony lycht mennis counsailis or ony small wrechit mannis; Hay I. 302/7. That he that first bure it wes a richt lycht man and wont to flee; Loutfut 17 a. O hevynly wightis ... , Quhou is betyd our myndis bene sa lycht That our decreit ... Retretit thus ... suld be? Doug. x. i. 14. To salf Ene, hes thou not power ... From Grekis handis hym to withdraw be slycht, And set in sted of that man, light as lynd, Owder a clowd or a waist puft of wynd? Ib. ii. 57. Having experience ... how mony skathtis followit apoun licht and flowand myndis; Boece xv. iv. 580 b. My mynd als lycht is euirmoir on flocht As woddercok or any womanis thocht; Stewart 40209. His licht outhheid without stabilitie; Ib. 58345. Quho mycht creditt me in ony thing gif I suld schaw my self lycht in this case; Knox II. 173. That is nocht licht lyk weddercok in wynd; Arbuthnot Maitl. F. xxix. 166. (2) And that he be nocht sa lycht of striking with his handis that thare be na discrecioun in his dedis; Hay II. 49/23. Fineit eloquence, be the quhilk the incircumspect and licht of iugement oftymes ar dissauit; Winet I. 61/5.
    12. Of animals: Frisky, skittish. The oxin wes vnwsit, oung and licht, And for fersnes thay couth the fur forfair; Henr. Fab. 2232.
    13. Light-headed, demented, mad. [He] wes in his hous, quhair his wyff wes lyand seik; and giff he had cum furth, his wyff wald haue gane lycht; 1600 Crim. Trials II. 205. The kov within twa thrie dayis thairefter gaid licht and tint hir milk; 1604 Dundonald Par. Rec. 54. Helen Hutson ... confest her breach of the Sabbath, but said she could not compeir befor the session, for it would turn her light in minde, as she had been formerly; 1691 Cramond Kirk S. III. 8 Oct.


    DSL - DOST Licht, a.2 Also: lycht, lyght. [ME. liht, lit, light etc., lith (Havelok), OE. léoht (Angl. l?ht).]
    1. Of a time of day or night: With much or sufficient light, not dark. (1) Till on the morn that day wes licht; Barb. v. 114. That ilk nyght Before that anny day dew lyght; Troy-bk. ii. 374. Wynt. iv. 828; etc. Thai ... Tuk up the bryg or that the day was lycht; Wall. iv. 262. The nicht wes lycht and pennyfull the mone; Henr. Fab. 2388. [To] wak quhill daye be lycht; 1513 Selkirk B. Ct. fol. 28 a. Stewart 39150; etc. Rolland Seven S. 614. Nocht be the day was licht, nathir at noneday bot at evin only thay first prepaired the table; Dalr. I. 90/8. (2) Na fleschhewar sal sla flesch ... on the nycht bot on the lycht day ... and in his wyndow opnyt; Bute MS. fol. 160. [To] walk ... quhil lycht day; Leg. Burg. lxx in Adv. Lib. MS. 25, 4, 15. Pluto ... To hell to leid thé, on lycht day and leme; Kennedy Flyt. 536.
    2. Brightly illuminated, bright, shining, luminous. The wedder is baith fare and licht; Alex. ii. 400. Haile lady of all ladyis, lichtest of leme; Howlat 724. The lowe of fyre, the quhilk is the maist clere and lycht efter the soune; Hay I. 283/15. Ane laithles leid ... With ane girdill ourgilt and vthir light gere; Gol. & Gaw. 158. Bowand bron haryt on browis and breis lycht; Wall. ix. 1929. Of the licht cloude that God maid, fyrst he maid the hevinly ... sone; Irland Mir. I. 99/18. As ane lantren lycht; Stewart 4673; Ib. 9777 etc. The gem of gentres in his tyme wes he, The licht lucerne of liberalitie; Ib. 18450. And of this [peat] is stemet lyght fyr and evin sa hailsum [L. unde et ignis lucidus et saluber ... habetur]; Dalr. I. 35/25.
    b. fig. It is lycht (= clear, plain, evident) that etc. Seing it is lycht that thay haif committit tressoun in birning of the said hous; 1588 Crim. Trials I. ii. 160.
    c. Of colours: Bright. All kynd of light and variant hewes in cloathing, as red, blew, eallow and sicklyke, quhilk declares the lightnes of the mynd; 1575 (16..) Bk. Univ. Kirk I. 335. To Mareoune Wylie ... ane buskine of velvot and ane licht reid wylicoat; 1618 Edinb. Test. L. 125 b.


    DSL - DOST Licht, ppl. a. Also: light. [e.m.E. light (1495), p.p. of LICHT v.2] Lit. = LICHTIT ppl.a. --- [They] had ane towel [? read bowet] with them, with ane littil licht candell; 1567 Crim. Trials I. i. 493. Ane licht tortche of tua pund vicht in his ane hand boirnand; Chron. Kings 179. That the samyn proceidit fra the sleuth ... of Williame Kellie his awin wyfe with ane licht candle undir hir awin bed; 1629 Justiciary Cases I. 107. Eftir the said Mr David ... had apprehendit the said money with light candles, he ... caused blow out the candles; 1669 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No 37 (29 Jan.).


    DSL - DOST Licht, adv.1 Also: lycht, light. [ME. light, lyghte, lit, early lihte, OE. léohte.] Lightly, in senses of LICHT a.1: lightly as opposed to heavily; nimbly; easily, comfortably, unconcernedly. Gregry ... Licht lap at a lyn, He feleit and he fell in; Colk. Sow i. 224. With equal armour bodyn wondir lycht; Doug. xi. xiii. 139. Goddis curs ... Sall not depart quhill thay restoir The kirk agane to hir awin right, Thocht of the mater thay pas licht; 1573 Sat. P. xlii. 432. That which would break another man's heart, sobriety will make him go light under and not be much disquieted for any thing; Binning Wks. 648. And as for the locality, I would not have you look light upon it; Renwick Serm. 451.

    b. Comb. with participles, in licht-armyt, -bodin, -gerit. A certane horsmen, lycht armyt for the nanis; Doug. xi. x. 62. The first [battall] wes of licht bodin men, archearis, castaris of dartis and slongis; Bell. Boece II. 190. With lycht gerit men to hald the herme in; Abell 118 b.

  2. This one I figured out immediately, though the guttural "ch" /x/ is a log louder than the silent "gh" / /.


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