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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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WANCE, adv., conj. Also wanse (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.), ¶woance (Ayr. 1901 G. Douglas Green Shutters xii.); wanst (Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl., 1953 Traynor), wunst (Uls. 1953 Traynor), cf. twicet, Twice. For further examples see Aince, Once. Sc. phonetic representation of Eng. once (Bte. 1874 E. B. Ramsay Reminisc. 329). Cf. Wan, num.adj. Sc. usages. [wɑns]

1. Phr. till wance, until at last, until after (Cai., ne.Sc. 1973). Cf. Aince, B. (7).wm.Sc. 1932 A. H. Charteris When the Scot Smiles 183:
Tak' you a seat there till wance the ithers come furrit.

2. As an emphatic adverb: once for all (Sh. 1973). Obs. in Eng. since 17th c.Sh. 1897 Shetland News (5 June):
Da Loard save you an' wance haud your sheeks, an dunna spaek dirt ony langer.

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"Wance adv., conj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Jul 2024 <>



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