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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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ATWEEL, 'TWEEL, adv. [ə′twil, twil]

1. Orig. a phr., prob. contr. from "(I) wat weel" = "I wot well." (Also in a half-Anglicised form (rare): at well.) Assuredly, certainly, indeed. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1824 S. Ferrier Inheritance I. 31:
Oo' tweel he's had doctors eneugh, an' naething's been spared on him.
Sc. a.1827 The Fause Knight in Ballads ed. Child (1904) No. 3, ii.:
What is that upon your back? . . . Atweel it is my bukes.
Mry.(D) 1806 J. Cock Simple Strains 109:
I kent thy kindly heart, lang syn, Yes' [ye'se] ha'e my Bill, atweel!
Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 148:
I mind it well enough, and well I may, At well I danced wi' you on your birth day.
m.Sc. 1988 William Neill Making Tracks 31:
Atweel, thare's monie that tak muckle tent
o gules an argent, sable, vair and vert,
the badge o deidlie wounds an jaggit thairms.
Knr. 1891 “H. Haliburton” Ochil Idylls 127:
O fair atweel to strangers' een The glancin' waters glide.
Lnl. 1864 J. C. Shairp Kilmahoe, etc. 36:
And, lasses, screech na here, but haste and hide our gear, In the house, atweel, there is wark eneuch.
Edb. 1844 J. Ballantine Miller of Deanhaugh 100:
Her gudeman's foster brither has come hame wi' walth o' siller to her, an' she needs it, atweel.
Hdg. 1902 J. Lumsden Toorle, etc. 43:
Naebody can catch trouts wi' a wae hairt an' tears, atweel!
wm.Sc. [1835] Laird of Logan (1868) 48:
“Do you ken the auld kirk o' Dunscore?” “Atweel do I.”
Rnf. 1876 D. Gilmour Paisley Weavers 39–40:
“Well,” answered his reverence, “that, you must allow, is an extreme case.” “Extreme? oo, aye, it's a wee extreme atweel.”
Gall.(D) 1901 Trotter Gall. Gossip 81:
D'ye ca that a stream? That's the Black Water o' Dee, the graunest and auncientest water in Gallawa! A stream atweel!
Dmf. 1822 A. Cunningham Trad. Tales II. 208:
Troth and atweel, and that's too true.

2. Used occas. as if = Aweel, used inferentially. Edb. 1894 J. W. McLaren Tibbie & Tam 19, 45:
Atweel, nae farther gane than yestreen. . . . Atweel, a week later. . . . Atweel, Tammas, ye hae my permission.

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