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Monday, November 04, 2013

skeigh

\skeekh\ , adjective;
1.
proudly.
adjective:
1.
(of horses) spirited; inclined to shy.
2.
(of women) proud; disdainful.
Quotes:
When thou an' I were young and skeigh, / An' stable-meals at fairs were dreigh...
-- Robert Burns, The Auld Farmer's New-Year Morning Salutation, 1792
My mare is young and very skeigh
-- Sir Walter Scott, The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, 1803
Origin:
In the 1500s, skeigh originally referred to skittish behavior of horses, and it came from the Old English word scéoh meaning "shy." The sense of "proudly" arose in the 1700s.
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