Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Slack; inactive; lazy.

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Examples

  • And, thowless, he tint his gate 'mang the deep snaw;

    The Modern Scottish Minstrel , Volume I. The Songs of Scotland of the past half century

  • And, thowless, 11 he tint12 his gate ’mang the deep snaw:

    Come Under My Plaidie

  • He was all she had, for Janet was a thowless [2] thing, too like her mother for her mother to like her.

    The House with the Green Shutters

  • Had you called him indolent or useless he had smiled, but "daidlin ', thowless, feckless, fushionless wratch," drew blood at every stroke, like a Russian knout.

    Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush

  • "Haud yere tongue, ye cowardly loon," said the mother, "and layna the wyte on me; if you and thae thowless gluttons, that are sitting staring like cows bursting on clover, wad testify wi 'your hands as I have testified wi' my tongue, they should never harle the precious young lad awa 'to captivity."

    Old Mortality, Complete

  • “And you, ye thowless jade, to sit still and see my substance disponed upon to an idle, drunken, reprobate, worm-eaten serving-man, just because he kittles the lugs

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • a "tapetless, ramfeezl'd hizzie," "saft at best an 'something lazy;" she is a "thowless jad;" or she is dethroned altogether:

    Robert Burns How To Know Him

  • I would have thocht the thowless trauchle [3] hadna the smeddum left to interfere. "

    The House with the Green Shutters

  • "A wud tell the daidlin ', thowless, feckless, fushionless wratch o'

    Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush

  • "And you, ye thowless jade, to sit still and see my substance disponed upon to an idle, drunken, reprobate, worm-eaten serving-man, just because he kittles the lugs o 'a silly auld wife wi' useless clavers, and every twa words a lee?

    The Bride of Lammermoor

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