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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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GAIRDEN, n. Gen.Sc. form of Eng. garden. Also gerden; gairdin (Rxb. 1915 Kelso Chron. (10 Dec.) 4), gairdeen (Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 21), and contr. form gairn (Sc. 1911 S.D.D.). Also attrib. See P.L.D. § 51 (2). [′gerdən, ′gɛr-]Kcd. 1722 Elphinstone Bk. (ed. Fraser 1897) II. 277:
Things belonging to the gairden.
Edb. 1894 P. H. Hunter J. Inwick xiii.:
A muckle, weel-biggit hoose it was . . . wi' mebbe half an acre o' gress an' gairden grund roun' aboot it.
Abd. 1920 C. Murray Country Places 12:
A gairden sweet wi' bud an' bell, A windin' path, a mossy well.
Lnk. 1923 G. Rae 'Mang Lowland Hills 66:
Oh, rose-buss in her gairden set! Sae fu' o' heaven an' a' that's fair.
Rxb. 1926 Kelso Chron. (25 June) 4:
In Bob's ain gairden there's a braw aipple tree.
wm.Sc. 1985 Liz Lochhead Tartuffe 20:
Ah better funn ma medicine an' dose masel'.
Tak' a turn aboot the gairden an' compose masel'.
Edb. 1991 J. K. Annand in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 19:
There grew intil my gairden
A tree o the rosemarie.
Edb. 1995 Irvine Welsh Marabou Stork Nightmares (1996) 25:
Bit see in Sooth Efrikay Vet, we'd huv a big hoose like Gordon's. Dry oor clathes in the sun, in a real fuckin gairdin, no in some concrete boax wi holes in it.

[O.Sc. gairdin(g), -ein, id., from 1438.]

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