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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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MONANDAY, n. Also -dy, Mona-, -in-, -on-, -un-; Munan-, -en-, -in-, -(n)on-, -un-. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. Monday. [′mʌnəndɪ].

1. As in Eng. (Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 259; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Sh., ne.Sc., Ayr. 1963).Sc. 1726 Ramsay T.-T. Misc. (1876) I. 133:
In January last, On munanday at morn.
n.Sc. 1808 Jam.:
If Monanday, or Monday, be first mentioned in company by a female, of what age or rank soever, they account it a most unlucky omen.
Slk. 1818 Hogg B. of Bodsbeck i.:
I'II tell ye, gudewife — on Monanday night he cam yont to stop the ewes aff the hogg-fence.
Ayr. 1821 Galt Ayrshire Legatees vii.:
Last week, no farther gone than on Mononday, we came to our new house heer in Baker Street.
Rnf. a.1850 Crawford MSS. (N.L.S.) M. 55:
The country folk consider it very unlucky to flit on Mononday. — “A Monunday's flit is a short flit”.
Sh. 1877 G. Stewart Fireside Tales 27:
Atween da Monaday an' da Setterday.
Ags. 1889 Barrie W. in Thrums xvi.:
Ye'll no be up oot o' yer bed on Monunday an hour afore yer usual time.
Abd. 1953 Huntly Express (29 May):
People . . . who referred to three days of the week as Munonday, Tyseday, and Feersday.

2. Phrs. and combs.: (1) a Monday's haddie, a fish that has lost its freshness, since no fishing was done on Sunday (Bnff., Per., Slk. 1963); (2) Handsel Monanday, see Handsel, n., 6. (2); (3) mirk Monanday, see Mirk, adj.; (4) Monday's egg, the first egg laid by a hen in the week, as a perquisite of the laird; (5) Muckle Monanday, see Muckle.(1) Sc. a.1856 G. Outram Lyrics (1874) 71:
Down on the floor wi' a clout he slams Wi' een like a Monday's haddie.
(4) Sc. 1819 Scott Bride of Lamm. xii.:
He [the laird] was to have . . . the first egg, thence called the Monday's egg, laid by every hen on every Monday in the year.

[O.Sc. mononday, id., a.1384, Mid.Eng. Mone(n)day, O.E. Mōnandæȝ.]

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"Monanday n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 May 2024 <>



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