Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Weak; washy; insipid.
- Of a sickly paleness; feeble-looking.
“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.”
“_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_.”
“Whatna shilpit man's this that Leevie's gotten for her new jo?”
“It called her "the minister's shilpit bit lassie.”
“A lass opened the door after a wee, no 'that ill-lookin', but toosy aboot the heid an 'unco shilpit aboot the face.”
“He pronounced the claret shilpit, and demanded brandy with great vociferation.”
“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.”
“Sherry's but shilpit drink, and a gill's a sma' measure for twa gentlemen to crack ower at their first acquaintance.”
“‘Sherry’s but shilpit drink, and a gill’s a sma’ measure for twa gentlemen to crack ower at their first acquaintance.”
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