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AROON(D), Aroun, Arown, adv. and prep. [ə′run(d). See P.L.D. § 64]

1. adv. In a circle, on every side, used almost as in St.Eng., lit. and fig. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems 17:
[We] sweetly ca'd the Healths arown, To bonny Lasses black or brown.
Sc. 1927 T. McWilliam Around the Fireside 30:
Its banks ablaze wi' yellow broom, Haughs an' hillsides a' aroon, Gowd an' green fae Nature's loom.
Mry. 1924 J. C. Austin in Swatches o' Hamespun 80:
The shrieks sae shrill fae enjines fill The air for miles aroon.
Kcb. 1885 A. J. Armstrong Friend and Foe 230:
But the memory will only fade when the dark mist gathers aroon'.

2. prep. Round, on all sides, encompassing, lit. and fig. Gen.Sc. Sh.(D) 1918 T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. I. 127:
Dis is a bit o straw simmit I'm tied aroond me hat ta keep him on.
Abd. 1909 J. T. Jeannie Jaffray i.:
Aroun' me there sprang up a dancin' crood o' men an' weemin.
e.Lth. 1885 “S. Mucklebackit” Rural Rhymes, etc. 18:
Aroond it tangling woodbine, Green ivy an' eglantine.
e.Dmf. 1915 D. J. Beattie Oor gate en' 30:
Yet aroon oor herts there twine Mystic joys that Nature's gien us O' the days o' auld lang syne.

[Of late introduction both in Eng. and Sc. Found in O.Sc. in 16th cent. See Round.]

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