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CUNYIE, Cunyo, Coonyie, Cunzie, n. [′kʌnji Sc., but Ork. + ′kʌnjo, Cai. + ′kunji]

1. A keystone, quoin. Sth. 1733  in C. D. Bentinck Dornoch Cath. and Par. (1926) 273:
Two vaults in the steple above the second floor, with doors, windows, and cunzies.

2. A corner (Cai. 1905 E.D.D. Suppl., coonyie; Bwk., Rxb. 1825 Jam.2, cunyie; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., obs.). Ork.(D) 1880  Dennison Sketch Bk. 49:
Mansie geed ower a muckle rock 'at lay atween him an' that geo; an' there, i' a cunyo o' the geo, he saw a mither selkie.
Ork. 1908  J. A. Pottinger in Old-Lore Misc. I. v. 173:
He . . . scravelled roond intae a cunyie, whaur he could sit and see a' that was gaan on.

Comb.: cunyie-nuik, “a very snug situation; literally the corner of a corner” (Rxb. 1825 Jam.2). Known to Slg.3 1941.

[O.Sc. cunȝ(i)e, etc., a corner of a wall or building, from 1375, from O.Fr. cuigne, a wedge or die (D.O.S.T.), Lat. cuneus. Same word as next.]

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"Cunyie n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 22 Nov 2019 <>



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