Show Search Results Show Browse

Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology

Abbreviations Cite this entry

About this entry:
First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
This entry has not been updated since then but may contain minor corrections and revisions.

ETHERIN, Eitherin, adv.Either. [′eðərɪn(z) Sc., but Sh. and ne.Sc. ′ɛdər-, ′edər-]

1. Forms: etherins, -ans, aither(a)ns, aitheren, eitherans, -ens, -n; Sh., ne.Sc., aidern, aid'rin, edderan, -(e)n, -in(s), eddiran, eid(d)erin.Sc. 1820 Blackwood's Mag. (Nov.) 201:
In the byegaun, no thinking o' ony ill eitherin, Guid shall be my protection.
Sh. 1836 Gentleman's Mag. II. 593:
A wirtie, onnist man az evvir pat a drap o' hey brù in a ùlie kig, or hùlkie eddiran.
Dmb. 1846 W. Cross Disruption xiv.:
As for the cockit hat, I'm no verra sure about it eitherens.
Sh. 1919 T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. II. 167:
Dir gotten nothin ta du wi da Commission, or da consort eddern.
Abd. 1926 P. Giles in Abd. Univ. Review (July) 226:
Bit it hizna been that short eidderin.

2. Usages: (1) After a neg. = any more than another (w.Sc. 1825 Jam.2, etherins; Sh.11, Bnff.2, Abd.2 1944, edderin(s)).Sc. 1818 Sawers Dict. Sc. Lang.:
I dinna like it aitherans: I do not like it either.
Abd. a.1880 W. Robbie Yonderton (1929) 93:
Tam mumbled something about his profit being “nae verra ill t' coont etherin”. [The form eithern also appears on p. 18.]
Sh. 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 124:
Cauld shurely canna kill me, or weet edderin' mam, or dan I'd been lang büried.
Abd. 1929 J. Alexander Mains and Hilly 109:
Weel, awyte, aw wisna owre seen that day edderin.
Arg.1 1944:
He got a bad name, but he wusna such a bad fellow eitherans.

†(2) Besides, as well (Bwk. 1825 Jam.2, etherins).Rnf. 1876 D. Gilmour Paisley Weavers 119:
He needs or wants tae be sair'd etherans.

(3) In phr. by edderins, “not very well and not very ill” (Bch. 1916 T.S.D.C. II.).

[Ether, adv., q.v., + adv. suff. -ing(s).]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Etherin adv.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Jun 2024 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/etherin>

10526

snd

Hide Advanced Search

Browse SND:

    Loading...

Share: