Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Chilly; cold; susceptible to cold.
  • Without animation: as, a cauldrife sermon.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Only this I wull say, it's only a cauldrife Whigamore that wad tak '' No 'for an answer.

    The Lilac Sunbonnet

  • "I'm thinking," said Miss Aline, "that in that country they will show more kindliness and hameliness to the folk that serve them than in this cauldrife England."

    Patsy

  • "Love is but cauldrife cheer, my lad," said Janet, "an 'the breast o' a bird an 'a raspberry tartlet will be nane out o' the way."

    Winter Evening Tales

  • Twa-three year ago, some o 'the collyer bodies were choked to death down below wi' a blast of foul air; and a pour o 'orphan weans they left behint them on the cauldrife parish.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith

  • --- What is the tane but a waefu 'bunch o' cauldrife professors and ministers, that sate bien and warm when the persecuted remnant were warstling wi 'hunger, and cauld, and fear of death, and danger of fire and sword upon wet brae-sides, peat-haggs, and flow-mosses, and that now creep out of their holes, like bluebottle flees in a blink of sunshine, to take the pu'pits and places of better folk

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • I couldna say that I had there great pleasure, for the preacher was very cauldrife, and read every word, and then there was such a beggary of popish prelacy, that it was compassionate to a Christian to see.

    The Ayrshire Legatees, or, the Pringle family

  • But at threescore and upward, men's courage turns cauldrife; and they that canna win a living, must not endanger the small sustenance of their age.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • "This gate -- this gate, sir," he exclaimed, dragging me off as I made towards the main entrance of the building -- "There's but cauldrife law-work gaun on yonder -- carnal morality, as dow'd and as fusionless as rue leaves at Yule -- Here's the real savour of doctrine."

    Rob Roy — Complete

  • “This gate — this gate, sir,” he exclaimed, dragging me off as I made towards the main entrance of the building — “There’s but cauldrife law-work gaun on yonder — carnal morality, as dow’d and as fusionless as rue leaves at Yule — Here’s the real savour of doctrine.”

    Rob Roy

  • But at threescore and upward, men’s courage turns cauldrife; and they that canna win a living, must not endanger the small sustenance of their age.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

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