from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Scots The devil; Satan.
- n. Scots A mischievous person; an imp.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Devil; -- spelt also deel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The devil.
- n. A wicked, mischievous, or troublesome fellow.
- n. See dil-.
"But somehow 'deil' doesn't sound as bad as devil," argued Blanche.
'Faither!' he cried, 'I said "deil" to-day; many's the time I said it, and
'deil's in ye, Ailie; d'ye no see the stranger gentleman?'
If we can agree on that then we can all stop playing deil-speed-the-liars with the wingnuts who think Obama has been foisted on the American people by the Comintern, or whatever repalced it.
My gudesire was, by this time, far beyond the bounds of patience, and, while he and Laurie were at deil speed the liars, he was wanchancie aneugh to abuse
‘The deil a bit,’ answered the undaunted Peter Peebles; I mind ye weel, for ye lodged in my house the great year of Forty-five, for
“What the deil, man,” said an old Highland servant belonging to the family, “can she no drink after her ain master without washing the cup and spilling the ale, and be tamned to her!”
“Deil a fear — deil a fear; I will bring him in to the barrace myself,” said Norman, “assuredly.”
You will find yourself a right welcome guest to Eachin, and the deil a man dares stir you within his bounds.
He had, indeed, in a manner vowed that the deil should have him, if ever he put the print of his foot within its causeway again.