Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Weak; washy; insipid.
  • Of a sickly paleness; feeble-looking.

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Examples

  • As a consequence of our ancient alliance and direct trade with France, that wine was not only good, but was plentiful and cheap -- cheap enough, indeed, to become almost the national drink -- and vast quantities were daily consumed; though there were not wanting those who, protesting that claret was "shilpit" and "cauld on the stomach," called loudly for brandy, and with copious draughts of that spirit corrected the acidity of the less potent wine.

    Stories of the Border Marches

  • _vin de liqueur_, but which few people wish to drink constantly; and which at its worst, or even in mediocre condition, is very poor tipple -- "shilpit," as Peter Peebles most unjustly characterises sherry in _Redgauntlet_.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 To the Close of the 19th Century

  • Whatna shilpit man's this that Leevie's gotten for her new jo?

    Doom Castle

  • It called her "the minister's shilpit bit lassie."

    Bog-Myrtle and Peat Tales Chiefly of Galloway Gathered from the Years 1889 to 1895

  • A lass opened the door after a wee, no 'that ill-lookin', but toosy aboot the heid an 'unco shilpit aboot the face.

    Bog-Myrtle and Peat Tales Chiefly of Galloway Gathered from the Years 1889 to 1895

  • He pronounced the claret shilpit, and demanded brandy with great vociferation.

    The Waverley

  • Walter, for I know he has a thousand things, and I a thousand nothings, to do; but I hope to see him at Abbotsford before very long, and I will sweat his claret for him, though Italian abstemiousness has made my brain but a shilpit concern for a Scotch sitting 'inter pocula.'

    Life of Lord Byron, Vol. 4 (of 6) With His Letters and Journals

  • 'Sherry's but shilpit drink, and a gill's a sma' measure for twa gentlemen to crack ower at their first acquaintance.

    Redgauntlet

  • IF YOU like your actors square-jawed, gym-honed and always sipping mineral water, you will be disappointed by the shambling and shilpit man who's somehow evaded the doorman at this swish hotel - but I don't and I'm not.

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  • ‘Sherry’s but shilpit drink, and a gill’s a sma’ measure for twa gentlemen to crack ower at their first acquaintance.

    Redgauntlet

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  • feeble, puny, or sickly.

    January 2, 2008