Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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WUNNER, n., v., adv. Add variant winner
I. 1. Sc. form of Eng. wonder.Gsw. 1990 John and Willy Maley From the Calton to Catalonia 12:
Its [sic] a wunner they didnae jump oot the windae!

I. 1. (2) Add: I. 1. (2) (ii) Remarkably, strangely.Per. 1990 Betsy Whyte Red Rowans and Wild Honey (1991) 11:
Katie, who had been waiting for me at the gate, gave me a look that would have sunk the Queen Mary when I came out. But she said nothing–for a wonder.
Sh. 1994 Laureen Johnson in James Robertson A Tongue in Yer Heid 168:
For a winder, shö didna tell me ta steer clear o Bobby Johnson. His fock, of coorse, wis wir guid neebors an kirk-gyaain fock laek hersell, an he never swör or took muckle drink at shö kent o.

I. 1. (3) (i) Add quots.: ne.Sc. 1952 John R. Allan North-East Lowlands of Scotland (1974) 187:
"She was a woman of the maist wonderfu power. ... "
Ork. 1952 R. T. Johnston Stenwick Days (1984) 33:
"My, Tam," she enthused, "is yin Humphrey Bogart no winderfil? Dis thoo ken, I think I wid rether hiv him than Errol Flynn yet. ... "
Abd. 2000 Sheena Blackhall The Singing Bird 58:
Ither weel-meanin bodies
Jump oot frae ahin the curtains
Wi a speenfu o English pheesic
Tae purge the Scots spikker
O aa orra idioms,
Aa non-standard spikks
An Tom Leonard winnerfu wordies.

II. Sc. forms of Eng. wonder.Ork. 1952 R. T. Johnston Stenwick Days (1984) 79:
"Whit er thoo geppin' at me for?" he demanded irritably.
"Cheust winderin'," said his wife, "whit Delilah Bews kin see in thee."
m.Sc. 1988 William Neill Making Tracks 44:
I canna mind him bein owre fasht
for onie moose he howked oot wi the cooter
but aften wunner if he ever wearit
for aw the yokit mice he left ahin.
Abd. 1996 Sheena Blackhall Wittgenstein's Web 48:
Norman's fiers micht winner aboot his sexual leanings, bit he was canny eneuch nae tae preen his homosexual colours tae the post.
em.Sc. 2000 James Robertson The Fanatic 226:
Eftir the exams ye wunnered whit tae dae next. Ye'd a job in an office for the simmer, tedious clerical work. Ye could stey on in the hoose, save some money. Ye had guid results — ye could mebbe apply for a postgraduate coorse. Ye didna ken. Ye felt like ye'd had enough o studyin for a while.

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"Wunner n., v., adv.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 6 Dec 2021 <>



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