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- n. A linnet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See linnet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The linnet.
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By these remarks I mean to express the feeling that the word lintie conveys to my mind more of tenderness and endearment towards the little songster than linnet.
And the grey breasted lintie reply from the thorn;
The green birken shades, where the wild lintie dwells,
Now I never let on that I saw any of them, but went by them with my briskest town step and my head in the air, whistling like a lintie --
“Eh, Maister Shaw,” he said, “if ye'll jist do it, I hae a fine lintie the noo, and if ye'll do it, I'll gie ye the lintie.”
She was a noble woman, and you're but a heather lintie of a lass to come of a good kind.
Protected from suspicion, her spirits rose all the cheerier for their temporary depression, and she went singing about the house like a _lintie_.
But still worse is it for that poor thrush, or lintie, or robin, or warbler-wren, if he flutters in his bosom when he spies that cat, and sets up his feathers, and begins to hop about, making a sad little chirp to his mate, and appealing to the sky to protect him and his family.
At last she was roused out o't, but naebody ever saw her laugh after; and frae ane that was as cantie as a lintie, she became as douce as a Quaker, though she aye gaed cannily about her wark, as if amaist naething had happened.
The two men were perfectly dumfoundered at hearing the tongue-tied wife speaking as good English as themselves; and could not help stopping to look after her for a long way on the road, as every now and then she stuck one of her arms a-kimbo in her side, and gave a dance round in the whirling-jig way, louping like daft, and lilting like a grey-lintie.
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