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ENK, n., v. Also ink, jenk, jink (Jak.). [(j)ɛŋk, (j)ɪŋk]

1. n.

(1) Nominal ownership, used esp. of young domestic animals belonging to children; a loan. Now almost obs. (Sh.10 1950). Sh. 1908  Jak. (1928):
To gi'e ane (a bairn) de enk (jenk) o' a lamb, o' a chicken; to get de enk (jenk) o' a lamb or chicken; I ga'e him . . . de enk o' it.
Sh. 1914  Angus Gl.:
A'm gjaain ta gie dee dis piri lamb to be upo dy enk.

(2) A possession, something of one's own. Sh. 1908  Jak. (1928):
He is still a jenk, he is certainly not worth much, but still so much that one may put up with him as a sweetheart.
Sh. 1914  Angus Gl.:
Hit wis no mukkel wirt, but wis still a enk.

2. v.

(1) To transfer something to someone's nominal ownership (Sh.11 1950). Sh. 1908  Jak. (1928):
I enked de lamb till her.
Sh. 1949  J. Gray Lowrie 144:
Wir auld freends at Wast Sannick hed a soo, an' whin shuu ferried, dey wir a pritty peerie fleckit een among dem, an' wirna dey inkid yon ting ta wir Janey.

(2) To acquire such ownership. Sh. 1908  Jak. (1928):
I'm enked a chicken.

[Found in 16th cent. documents in Sh. in the forms eing, aing, developed by metathesis from O.N. eign, property, possession.]

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