Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who sorns; one who obtrudes himself on another for bed and board; in Scots law, one who takes lodging and food from others by force or menaces without paying for it. This offense was formerly so prevalent in Scotland that the severest penalties were enacted against it, and at one period it was punishable with death.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Scot. One who obtrudes himself on another for bed and board.
“Ye wad hae the impidence to deman 'my warrant, ye young sorner!" cried Bykes indignantly.”
“Visitor arriving in a good hour! fortunate sorner, to be thereafter blessed of all men!”
“I am thinking, however, that for all they cry against them, the poor rates are but a small evil, since they keep the poor folk in such food and raiment, and out of the temptations to thievery; indeed, such a thing as a common beggar is not to be seen in this land, excepting here and there a sorner or a ne'er-do-weel.”
“But it seems you are more willing to take the word of an old gray sorner, whose life has been spent in pattering heresy, than mine, though I never rode a foray in my life without duly saying my paternoster.””
“But it seems you are more willing to take the word of an old gray sorner, whose life has been spent in pattering heresy, than mine, though I never rode a foray in my life without duly saying my paternoster. ”
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