from The Century Dictionary.

  • A Scotch form of silver.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Scot. Silver.


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  • Those feckless Irish fowk aye tak 'the speerits o' oor native land gin they hae the siller, which isna likely.

    St. Cuthbert's

  • When his find became known in the village, it created quite a sensation amongst the inhabitants, owing to the "siller" having fallen into the hands of a "Saxon," and he gravely added to the information that one-half of the people went in mourning and that it was even mentioned in the kirk as the "awfu '" waste that had occurred in the parish!

    From John O'Groats to Land's End

  • Mr. Traill, and, concluding that here was some property to be guarded, stood by the "siller" as stanchly as a soldier.

    Greyfriars Bobby

  • Haith! noo a days the last 'ill come first, an' a fish cadger wi 'siller' ill be coontit


  • At an early age the average Scot is characterized by this passion to get on by thrift, love of "siller," a puritanic mode of thought, and an imperishable love of his country which, however, does not prevent him from leaving it in order to enter into mercantile or other pursuits in the farthest parts of the earth -- or the nearest, it really does not matter -- so long as he gets a decent start.

    The Shellback's Progress In the Nineteenth Century

  • "siller;" and are far from the commission of any such idle waste as

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 19, No. 536, March 3, 1832

  • 'The lyin' siller '”' Eh yes; how clear she is about everything! '

    Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character

  • It's why I think this set up with Nico silly and even siller that Rahm grinned about how clever this must have seemed of him.

    Share your thoughts on Obama's presser

  • “Oh, weel eneugh, weel eneugh — sometimes he will fling in a lang word or a bit of learning that our farmers and bannet lairds canna sae weel follow — But what of that, as I am aye telling them? — them that pay stipend get aye the mair for their siller.”

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • Meiklewham; “but as you are sae very pressing, I hae been thinking — Whan is the siller wanted?”

    Saint Ronan's Well


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  • At a merchant's in the Luckenbooths I had myself fitted out: none too fine, for I had no idea to appear like a beggar on horseback; but comely and responsible, so that servants should respect me. Thence to an armourer's, where I got a plain sword, to suit with my degree in life. . . . The porter, who was naturally a man of some experience, judge my accoutrement to be well chosen.

    "Naething kenspeckle," said he; "plain, dacent claes. As for the rapier, nae doubt it sits wi' your degree; but an I had been you, I would has waired my siller better-gates than that."
    Robert Louis Stevenson, Catriona (1892), pt. I, ch. 1

    November 19, 2015