Definition of laldy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈlaldi


[mass noun] Scottish
  • A beating: Give him laldy!’ yelled a voice
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    • Deafen and blind the Boks, then give them laldy.


give it laldy

Do something with vigour or enthusiasm: some bairns were giving it laldy with ball and stick
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  • Although he is said to be giving it laldy with the Church choir.
  • It's a soggy, there-goes-summer, completely unremarkable Tuesday night, the Chinese-and-chantering restaurant is packed, and Kathleen McDermott is, as they say, giving it laldy.
  • I was expecting to see 1994 footage of them playing ‘Shakermaker’ and ‘Supersonic’, giving it laldy.


late 19th century: perhaps imitative, or from Old English læl 'whip, weal'.

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