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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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DAYLIGAUN, n. Twilight. Also dayligon, dayly-goin (Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. & Dwn.), day-le-gone (Uls. 1908 A. McIlroy Burnside iii.), dayli' goin' (Uls. c.1920 J. Logan Uls. in the X-rays (2nd ed.) vi.), daylagone (Uls. 1928 in Mid Uls. Mail (3 Nov.)), dailygin (Ant. 1931 in North. Whig (14 Dec.)), day'l-agaun.Sc. 1934 in Scotsman (25 Aug.) 10:
Through dayligaun that winna gang . . . A silly baukiebird alang The deid-quate ruifs is chitterin.
Lnk. 1818 Edb. Mag. (Dec.) 503:
It was in a cauld blae hairst day, at dayligaun.
Uls.(D) 1879 W. G. Lyttle Readings 47:
Maggie maks me sit an' rock the creddle frae day'l-agaun til beedtime.

[A reduced form of Daylicht + gaun, going (see Gae, v.).]

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"Dayligaun n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 1 Dec 2023 <>



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