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- noun A dialectal form of
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Eye dialectspelling of lady.
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Then a slight shock, and I found myself clasping the "leddy" firmly round the neck.
Usually no Friday night is complete without a sit-down in front of one of the channel's compilations from the vault, but as such staples of the Seventies airwaves as Kris Kristofferson gave way to Buffy Sainte-Marie and Dory Previn to Don Williams, one began, sadly, to think that one could have enough of limping acoustic guitars, earnestness, facial hair, smock-dresses and constant reminders that you were a lady (pronounced "leddy") and I was a man, so really we ought to get it together.
I noticed that while his Scots was less pronounced than that of the man called Murtagh, his accent was still broad enough that the word was almost, though not quite, "leddy."
"And \expndtw6 your young leddy." \cf0\expndtw0\par
“See there, see there,” said Martin, “you see the leddy has twice our sense.”
“Ye hae nae reason to doubt my leddy, or ony thing she says or does, Dame Glendinning,” said the faithful Tibb, something offended;
But, to say truth, there is a leddy sits in our hall-neuk, maun have her hand in that as weel as in every other job.
“And what might the white leddy be?” said Elspeth;
“The wean saw something like a white leddy that weised us the gate,” said Tibb; “when we were like to hae perished in the moss-hags — certain it was that Shagram reisted, and I ken Martin thinks he saw something.”
In this dilemma, the child suddenly exclaimed — “Bonny leddy signs to us to come yon gate.”