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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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EEND, adj. [i:nd]

1. Straight, direct, accurate, level, exact (Rxb. 1825 Jam.2; 1923 Watson W.-B.).Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 10:
An than a gaed inti a bit an slokent ma drooth (oot ov a tanker lippin-fowe — -nane o eer eend-mizzer!).
Rxb. 1927 E. C. Smith Braid Haaick 10:
An eend leine = a straight line.

2. Even, “quits” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.).Rxb. 1927 E. C. Smith Braid Haaick 10:
Oo'll be eend wui yow for that.

Hence eend-on, adj. and adv., continuous(ly), incessant(ly) (e.Dmf.2 c.1930; m.Lth.1 1949). Cf. Even, adj., adv.Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B. 121–122:
It snawed eend-on a' efternuin.
Rxb. 1927 E. C. Smith Braid Haaick 10:
The rummlin roar o an eend-on traffic.

[Reduced form of evened, pa.p. of Even, v.]

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"Eend adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 23 Jun 2024 <>



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