Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pale; ghastly.
- Dull; spiritless; stupid.
- Blunt; curt.
- Bashful; diffident.
- Naked; bare.
- To babble or prate about.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. to of sheep, goats, or calves.
- adj. bashful; timid; sheepish; -- chiefly Scottish.
- v. cry plaintively
- adj. disposed to avoid notice
- From Scots blate ("timid, sheepish"), apparently a conflation of Northern Middle English *blate, *blait ("pale, ghastly, terrified"), from Old English blāt ("pale, livid, ghastly"), from Proto-Germanic *blaitaz (“pale, discoloured”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhlAid- (“pale, pallid”) and Middle English bleth, bleath ("timid, soft"), from Old English blēaþ ("gentle, shy, cowardly, timid; slothful, inactive, effeminate"), from Proto-Germanic *blauþaz (“weak, timid, void, naked”). Cognate with German blassen ("to make pale"), bleich ("pale, pallid"). More at bleak, bleach. (Wiktionary)
“But at no time was the genial little poet "blate," as he would himself have said.”
““By my saul, Steenie, ye are not blate, to say so!” said the king.”
“Wull grips the banners well (that boy isna blate).”
“But, blate  an 'laithfu',  scarce can weel behave;”
“He will be a little blate for such a namely man," said Margaret, but I could see there was a glow of pleasure over her.”
“You're too blate, Colin," he said, and then he put his arm through his wife's and gave her a squeeze to take her into his joke.”
“But blate [323-29] and laithfu ', [323-30] scarce can weel behave;”
“Faith, and you are _not_ blate," said she whimsically, but indifferent to remove herself from a grasp so innocent.”
“I like you little over-blate, Gilian, but I like you less over-bold.”
“That's not so blate, John Hielan'man!" said she again to herself.”
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Unflattering Scots terms and nicknames for people and their perceived or imagined foibles, follies, and failings. Gleaned from Dr. Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841.
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A roster of adjectives that infrequently surface in typical conversation and writing. Many are dredged from scientific or other technical jargon or sieved from examples of disused archaic forms.
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