Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
GIN, conj.2 Also geen (Sc. 1711 Speech for Mr Dundasse 10). [Sc. gɪn, ne.Sc. + gin, gen]
1. If (condit. and interrog.), whether. Also gien (wm.Sc. 1854 Laird of Logan 441; Abd. 1879 G. Macdonald Sir Gibbie xiv.; Mry. 1926 Bnffsh. Jnl. (5 Oct.) 5), ¶gehn (Bnff. 1881 Gregor Folk-Lore 80), gane; †gaen (Mry. 1828 “J. Ruddiman” Tales & Sk. 133), gen (Abd. 1867 Mrs Allardyce Goodwife at Home xxiv.), †gyn (Edb. 1791 J. Learmont Poems 113). Gen.Sc. Also in Eng. dial.Sc. 1721 in Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 116:
Let modern Poets bear the Blame Gin they respect not Ramsay's Name.Edb. 1773 R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 60:
Say ye, red gowns! that aften here Hae toasted bakes to Kattie's beer, Gin 'ere thir days hae had their peer.Ayr. 1796 Burns Comin thro' the Rye ii.:
Gin a body meet a body Comin thro' the rye.Sc. 1816 Scott O. Mortality xliii.:
Follow me, gin ye please, sir, but tak tent to your feet.Gall. c.1870 in Bards of Gall. (1889) 21:
Quo' the elf, “Wad ye gie me twa fou's o' a wilk, In my can, gane ye please, o' a Kylie coo's milk!”Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 34:
An' a' bothy ran for the banks as gin the Trow been chasin' them.Cai. 1909 D. Houston 'E Silkie Man 8:
Gin she's human, A'll pit speech ipo'r. She'll surely ken far she is.Ags. 1921 D. H. Edwards Fisher Folks 14:
Gen the tide had been rinnin' hard, ye micht . . . hae been run to destruction.Rxb. 1921 Kelso Chron. (21 Oct.) 4:
Gin ye dinna play it exactly as I want it I'll pit ye on the fire an' roast ye like a herrin'.wm.Sc. 1985 Liz Lochhead Tartuffe 7:
"Noo, here's a tasty pick, dinna let the plate pass
And gin Tartuffe should rift it's, "My! God bless you." Ags. 1988 Raymond Vettese The Richt Noise 23:
And noo ye come rantin at my door
as gin I wis less a Scot acause
I see nae point in braakin the Union? wm.Sc. 1989 Anna Blair The Goose Girl of Eriska 100:
' ... gin it's mutton you crave I'll bid them kill the finest sheep for your sup.' Abd. 1996 Sheena Blackhall Wittgenstein's Web iv:
I dinna recollect ae relation, stoppin mid-ben a spikk an wheekin oot a dictionar tae see gin a wird wis richt standart Scots or nae! em.Sc. 1999 James Robertson The Day O Judgement 21:
"Gin there wis yin in aw ma kingrik
Mair weill-cum nor ye wis yersel,
Wudna yer jealousy an envy
Lunt in God's hoose the fires o Hell? ... " w.Lth. 2000 Davie Kerr A Puckle Poems 13:
... Willie's job is murder,
for, gin ye ask,
his hardest task
is tryin ti keep order.
2. After verbs of wishing or desiring and in excls. of longing = that, O that! (Ork., Abd., Ags., m.Lth. 1954).Sc. 1787 W. Taylor Sc. Poems 100:
Whan cryin Lasses thrice cry O gen.Abd. 1827 J. Imlah May Flowers 73:
O! Gin I were whare Gadie rowes, By the fit o' Bennochie!Rnf. 1846 Rnf. Mag. (Sept.) 15:
I wish gin ilka ane was hauf sae wise.Abd. 1879 G. Macdonald Sir Gibbie li.:
Gien I cud but ance see an' speyk till her — ance — jist ance!Kcd. 1899 W. F. McHardy Bonnie Montrose 56:
The slushy sleet and snaw, Sae waesome and sae dreary, Oh! gin they were awa.
3. = as if. Ags. 1853 W. Blair Aberbrothock 46:
Ae awfu' shot brook it i' twa gin it had been a bit swine-saem.
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