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  • adj. From, or related to, the Shetland Islands
  • proper n. Someone from the Shetland Islands


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  • They say an Orkney man is a farmer who owns a boat, while a Shetlander is a fisherman who owns

    Science in Arcady

  • 'Nurse Magnusson is a Shetlander,' the Bo'sun said, as if that explained everything.

    San Andreas

  • He was a Shetlander, about six feet two in height and built accordingly, perhaps forty years of age, with a brick-coloured complexion, blue-grey eyes and flaxen hair - the last two almost certainly inheritances from Viking ancestors who had passed by - or through - his native island a millennium previously.

    San Andreas

  • The Bo'sun did not have to explain what he meant: everybody knew that anything would always be worse for anybody than for that virtually indestructible Shetlander.

    San Andreas

  • In Shetland Isle the ubiquitous household cat was similarly significant: a Shetlander caught in a social gathering he found undesirable sometimes turned to teasing the cat, repeating halfaloud the responses his teasings would presumably call forth could the cat talk.

    Behavior in Public Places

  • Source: Told me by a yachting hand, who heard it from a Shetlander named Abernethy who was serving in the same yacht with him.

    Welsh Fairy-Tales and Other Stories

  • While the little Shetlander is in clover; he never had so many oats before -- has actually as much again as he can consume -- and the cart and harness being too large, and the load altogether ridiculous for his strength, he is never put to it, and so escapes the legal punishment.

    Six Years in the Prisons of England

  • Einar the Shetlander, one of the briskest and boldest of men.

    The Story of Burnt Njal: the great Icelandic tribune, jurist, and counsellor

  • An old Shetlander, telling about Yule-time in Shetland [64] in his boyhood, says: "I daresay Yule -- the dear Yule I remember so well -- will ere long be known and spoken of only as a tradition; for, altogether, life in those islands is now very different from what it was some fifty or sixty years ago."

    A Righte Merrie Christmasse The Story of Christ-Tide

  • The inherent Scandinavianism of the Shetlander, which leads him to repudiate the appellation of Scotchman, and to cherish in secret the old customs and superstitions of his ancestors, asserts itself yearly in the high jinks with which he continues to honour the old holy days of Yule.

    Christmas: Its Origin and Associations Together with Its Historical Events and Festive Celebrations During Nineteen Centuries


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