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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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EENOO, adv. Sc. form of Eng. even now. Also eennu, eenow, e(i)now, e(e)nnow, e(y)noo, enou, een noo, ae noo, yenoo, -ow, a'enoo, i'now. Cf. P.L.D. § 70.1. See also Evenoo. [i(n)′nu, ɪ′nu: Sc., ne.Sc. + əi′nu:, e′nu, ei′nu, m.Sc. + jə′nu, but s.Sc. i′nʌu, jɪ′nʌu]

1. Just now, at the present time, a moment ago. Gen.Sc.Edb. 1773 R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 65:
There's einow on the earth a set o' men, Wha, if they get their private pouches lin'd, Gie na a winnelstrae for a' mankind.
Dmf. 1797 Edb. Mag. (Dec.) 458:
The floor i' now is just a hotchin' thrang.
Sc. 1816 Scott Antiquary xxiv.:
Aweel, it may be sae — but we canna howk for't enow — we hae nae shools, for they hae taen them a' awa.
Sc. 1818 S. E. Ferrier Marriage II. xi.:
They're dong cheap i' the market enoo, so it's nae great compliment.
s.Sc. a.1870 H. S. Riddell Poet. Wks. (1871) I. 198:
Nor haply been sae weel ye'now.
Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb viii.:
“Fat's been adee eenoo?” asked Peter.
Sh. 1918 T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. I. 175:
Yon fower 'ill no laik dem comin een noo avaa.
Lnk. 1919 G. Rae 'Tween Clyde and Tweed 51:
Up Tweed enoo the muckle heichts are cappit.
Bnff. 1924 Burnie's Jeannie in Swatches 9:
Naething bit waddin rings in yer heid eynoo.
Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 6:
“Bring ben the loch!” yince quo “Jamie the Poyeter”; an faith A was muckle o his meind eenow.
Arg. 1992:
Ye'd get it in Johnny 'Nair's, where Mick Brodie is eenoo.
Arg. 1998 Angus Martin The Song of the Quern 52:
But we divna want tae think on war;
we haena got wan on ee noo.
We're leevin weel an sweir tae feel
aucht o the blast that ruint you.

2. In a short time, soon, forthwith (Sh., Bnff., Abd., Ags., Ayr. (obsol.) 1951).Sc. 1816 Scott O. Mortality viii.:
Oh, whisht, mother, whisht! they're upon a communing — Oh! whisht, and they'll agree weel eneugh e'enow.
Rxb. a.1860 J. Younger Autobiog. (1881) 92:
We'll hae'm [a person they were pursuing] enow or he make the bit hirst.
Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xii.:
I'm gaen awa' to put up the lichts — they'll be gedderin' eenoo.
Sh. 1898 Shet. News (20 Aug.):
I'll be in eenoo.
Cai. 1909 D. Houston 'E Silkie Man 6:
'E fleed 'll be doon on's ae noo.

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"Eenoo adv.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Apr 2024 <>



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