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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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ANUNDER, ANONDER, ANONER, INUNDER, prep. and adv. (Also: (Uls.) anundther, annundher.) [ə′nʌn(d)ər Sc.; ɪ′nʌndər Sh.; ə′nɔn(d)ər n.Sc., Fif.; ə′nʌnðər + ɪ′nʌnðər Uls.]

1. prep. Under.Sh.(D) 1915 G. W. Stout in Old-Lore Misc., Ork. Shet., etc. VIII. i. 60:
When he wiz sittan shewan a joop anunder hit [sc. a lamp].
Sh.(D) 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 109:
Wir corn is neder better or war is idder folks . . . hit's a inunder wan lift.
Ork.(D) 1880 Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 118:
A reed co'l anunder his right knee Set ap sic' a mester fiend o' a swee.
Ork.(D) 1907 J. T. S. Leask in Old-Lore Misc., Ork. Shet., etc. I. ii. 63:
Whar tinks du dud dey get 'im — anunder the bed.
n.Sc. and Fif. 1825 Jam.2:
Anonder, anoner, under. [Anunder, ib. for south of Scot.]
Mry.1 a.1927:
Ye'll find it anunder the table.
Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore (1773) 14:
Auld sleeket Lawrie fetcht a wyllie round, And claught a lamb anoner Nory's care.
s.Sc. 1875 Murray D.S.C.S. 229:
Anunder is perhaps in under, “quhat yr ye luikan' for anunder the bæd?”
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B. 42:
Anunder. Beneath, below, under.
Slk. 1807 James Hogg The Mountain Bard 23:
"O hald," said the mason, "for how can it be?"
"You'll find you are out when the truth I reveal;
At fair Thirlestane I gat the wee bane,
Deep buried anunder the inner mill-wheel".
Uls. 1901 J. W. Byers Uls. Sayings, etc., in North Whig, Lect. xi.:
When there is a long “set” or “spell” of saft weather it becomes very saft “anundther” (underneath) foot.

2. adv. Underneath.Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.:
Annundher, adv., underneath. Same as Innundher.

[Prob. there are two independent sources: (1) Mid.Eng. anunder from an = on + under, and (2) in + under. The latter would explain the form inonder in Sh.; and see the quots. from s.Sc. 1873 and Uls. 1880. Occurs in O.Sc. and in several Eng. dialects.]

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