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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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CHEENGE, CHINGE, Cheinge, Cheynge, Chinje, Chynge, n. and v. Gen.Sc. (except I.Sc.) forms of St.Eng. change, used with all Eng. meanings. Slg.3 gives the form cheinge and Fif.1 and Lnk.3 the form chynge (1939). Sc. forms and Sc. usages in combs.  [tʃindʒ, tʃinʒ Sc.; tʃəin(d)ʒ ne.Sc. + -ai em.Sc., wm.Sc., sm.Sc.]

Sc. forms of Eng. change, n. Ags. 1985 Raymond Vettese in Joy Hendry Chapman 40 17:
I grant
a little cheenge
in hoo we dae things micht be advantageous
but cheenge maun be
slow, itherwise it micht be for the worst.
em.Sc. 1999 James Robertson The Day O Judgement 17:
An yersel, O Pilate, div ye no see
The lourin chynge an thraw o fate,

Sc. forms of Eng. change, v. (cheenge Abd.; chynge Cai., Bnff., Edb., Gsw., Ayr. 2000s). wm.Sc. 1977 William McIlvanney Laidlaw (1985) 39:
'Mair often than Ah chinge ma semmet,' Wullie said, ...
m.Sc. 1979 William J. Tait in Joy Hendry Chapman 23-4 (1985) 37:
A soond
As faur frae music as the wirds frae verse,
An yet a catalyst that cheinged
The doggerel inta poetry.
wm.Sc. 1985 Liz Lochhead Tartuffe 10:
To follow him is tae ken True Peace
To feel this midden o' a world release
Its haud upon ye. Chinjed man, that's me!
Since Ah huv hud the benefit o' Tartuffe's company.
Ags. 1985 Raymond Vettese in Joy Hendry Chapman 40 14:
You maun grow and cheenge and learn
and thole wakefu darkness,
but this ae nicht, and monie a nicht,
Sleep soond, bairn.
wm.Sc. 1988 Scotsman 16 Jan :
"Chinged days,"
m.Sc. 1988 William Neill Making Tracks 50:
... eftir a guid wheen years as a rid-tabbed sodger
tae cheinge oor weys he thocht a wee uncouth.
wm.Sc. 1991 Liz Lochhead Bagpipe Muzak 44:
Funny thing is, she says she was sorry for that Honourable Felicity, would not cheynge places wi her for all the tea in China.
Lnk. 1991 Duncan Glen Selected Poems 54:
The cheyngin flow o the burn, the quait breeze,
Gsw. 1991 Maud Devine in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 123:
ma cairn
stane oan stane
aye cheyngin aye growin
Abd. 1996 Sheena Blackhall Wittgenstein's Web 5:
Some o the walthier fairmers had cheenged tae roon bales.

Combs.: 1. cheenge-hoose, chynge —, a change-house, a small inn or ale-house. Known to Abd.9, Arg.1 (obs.), Lnk.3 1939. See also change-house s.v. Change, n., 1; 2. chingin ba(ll), “a sweet that changes colour as it is sucked” (Mry.1 1914, — ba'; Ags.17 1939).1. Sc. 1818 S. E. Ferrier Marriage (1819) II. xi.:
Ilk ane gangs bang in till their neebor's hoose, and bang oot o't as it war a chynge hoose.
Abd. 1875 G. Macdonald Malcolm II. xix.:
He had gien orders till's menyie to be aff afore the mornin' brak, an' wait at the neist cheenge-hoose till he jined them.
Ags. 1901 W. J. Milne Reminisc. of an Old Boy App. 289:
[He] hied him ower tae the cheenge-hoose o' Wat Wabblestraucht.
2. Mry. 1913 Cricket Match in North. Scot (17 May):
Consoled by suckin chingin balls.

Phr.: to get in one's cheenge, to get one's deserts, to be paid back in one's own coin. Cf. Wissel, n., 2. (1). Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin ix.:
Had it no been the Sabbath day, an' me i' the midst o' a multitude o' decent folk Geordie Mortclaith sidna hae made aff wi' himsel' withoot gettin' in his cheenge.

[O.Sc. has cheng(e), cheinge, ch(e)ynge, n. and v., from a.1400 (D.O.S.T.).]

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