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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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EFTERHIN, adv., prep., conj., adj. Also efterhen(d), -ha(a)n(d), -in, eftirhaun, -hen(d), -hin(s), a(i)fterhin, -hen(d), aiftern; and irreg. form aifter an(d). Gen.Sc. [′ɛftər′(h)ɪn(s), -hɑn(d), ′eftər′hɪn, -′hɛn, -ən]

1. adv. Afterwards (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., -hend; Sh.10 1950, -haand; Mry.1 1925; ne.Sc. 1951; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., Rxb.5 1950, -hand, obsol.).Edb. 1772 R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 69:
Gin heaven shou'd gie the earth a drink, And afterhend a sunny blink.
Sc. 1826 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 105:
I see he treats only o' singing birds; — he maun gie us afterhend, Birds o' Prey.
Sc. 1845 G. Webster Disputed Inheritance I. ix.:
Which cost me as muckle siller to alter afterhend as would have done the haill at first.
Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xviii.:
We heard aboot a' this aifterhin, ye ken.
Per. 1904 R. Ford Hum. Sc. Stories (1st Series) 104:
Just lay aside that paper for a maument — ye can read the jokes efterhend.
Abd. 1924 J. Alexander in Swatches 56–57:
A boddy's duty is aye the hardest thing he his ti dee, . . . bit efterhin, ye hae aye this comfort 'at ye did fat wis richt an' just.
Sc. 1935 D. Rorie Lum Hat 48:
'Twas some gude whilie efterhan' She keepit tryst there wi' the man.

2. prep. After (Cai., Bnff., Abd., m.Lth. 1945); “often implies next after, and sometimes over and above, in addition to” (Sc. 1887 Jam.6, efterhin, eftirhin).Mry.2 c.1875:
He sooched awa efterin me, fan they begood to dance.
Abd. a.1880 W. Robbie Yonderton (1929) 85:
A puir aneuch crap it is sometimes aifter an' a'.
Hdg. 1889 J. Lumsden Lays Linton 68:
Get the ferm, an' efterhend that ye may kiss.
Abd. 1894 G. Greig Mains's Wooin' (1909) 57:
Ay, but fa' kens? gin the Shepherd and his guid-mither wis baith to dee, I micht get a chance o' Maggie aiftern a'.
Abd. 1929 J. Alexander Mains and Hilly 62:
It was a queer time efter-in-a', fin ye begin to think on't.

3. conj. After (Abd.27 1950).Lnk. 1868 J. Hamilton Poems 251:
He's an honour to Scotlan', an' lang afterhen He's laid in the mools, he'll be blest amang men.

4. adj. Of a boat: port side, larboard (Bnff.9 c.1927). “Used by fishermen on the East Coast, from Avoch, Black Isle, to Ferryden, Montrose” (T.S.D.C. II.); cf. Aivrin.e.Rs. (Avoch) 1916 Ib.:
In Avoch, Rossshire, the berths on the port side of the fishing boat were the efterin fiteer, the efterin mitshipeer, the efterin orseer, the efterin booair or bewch air.

[O.Sc. has adv., c.1420–1596, prep., a.1400–a.1568, in forms efftyr-hend, eftirhend, -hind. Prob. orig. Efter + hind, but there has been later influence from hand, phs. partly on the analogy of Forehand. Cf. also Mid.Eng. after the hond.]

Efterhin adv., prep., conj., adj.

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