Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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E'EN, Een, n. Evening. This contr. form of Eng. even is now chiefly poet. in Eng. Gen. used to designate the evening before feast or saints' days, e.g. Eel e'en, Fastern's E'en, Halloween, etc. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1737 Ramsay Proverbs (1759) 23:
Drunken at e'en, and dry on the morning.
Ayr. 1786 Burns Ep. to J. Lapraik i.:
An' Paitricks scraichan loud at e'en.
Sc. 1819 Scott Bride of Lamm. xii.:
I'se e'en pit them in my napkin, and eat them to my supper at e'en.
wm.Sc. 1835–37 Laird of Logan II. 283:
The moon gies us light in thae dark Saturday eens, but the sun never shines but when it's day-light.
Kcb. 1883 G. Murray Sarah Rae 63:
And e'en and morn I'll daut and cuddle My bonnie Jean.
Ayr.1 1910:
The train cam in, about fowr at een.

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"E'en n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Oct 2021 <>



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