Definitions

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  • n. lad, boy

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A young lad; a stripling; a boy.

Etymologies

Dutch kalant. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Everybody that had the smallest gumption prophesied that he would be a real clever one; nor could we grudge that we took pains in his rearing -- he having been like a sucking-turkey, or a hot-house plant from far away, delicate in the constitution -- when we saw that the debt was likely to be paid with bank-interest, and that, by his uncommon cleverality, the callant was to be a credit to our family.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith

  • For several years, as might naturally have been expected, the callant was a perfect dead-weight on the concern, and perhaps, in her hours of greater distress, the widow regretted the heedlessness of her Christian charity; but Charlie had a winning way with him, and she could not find it in her heart to turn him to the door.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith

  • For several years, as might naturally have been expected, the callant was a perfect deadweight on the concern, and perhaps, in her hours of greater distress, the widow regretted the heedlessness of her Christian charity; but Charlie had a winning way with him, and she could not find it in her heart to turn him to the door.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch Tailor in Dalkeith, written by himself

  • “I am glad the plottie pleases ye, sir — but I think I kend gay weel how to make it before I saw your honour — Maister Tirl can tell that, for mony a browst of it I hae brewed lang syne for him and the callant Valentine Bulmer.”

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • He had aye something about him by ordinar, that callant — But eh, sirs! there is a sair change on his cheek-haffit since I saw him last! —

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • “Rin up to the bartizan at the tower-head, callant,” said

    The Monastery

  • ‘Canting and lying,’ — said Willie, which produced a thundering laugh; ‘but I am teaching the callant a better trade, and that is, feasting and fiddling.’

    Redgauntlet

  • To call a new cause — I have the pleasure to tell you, that Alan has passed his private Scots Law examinations with good approbation — a great relief to my mind; especially as worthy Mr. Pest told me in my ear there was no fear of ‘the callant’, as he familiarly called him, which gives me great heart.

    Redgauntlet

  • To think, Reuben, that I, wha hae been sae honoured and exalted in my youth, nay, when I was but a hafflins callant, and that hae borne testimony again the defections

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • “She told me she saw Robertson go into the ruins, so I made what haste I could to cleek the callant.”

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

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  • Scots - young man, lad.

    December 26, 2007