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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).
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YINK, v.1, n. Also jenk, jink (Jak.).

I. v. To dedicate or make over to someone, esp. a child, something, often a young domestic animal, to whom the child gives its name (Sh. 1860 Edm. Gl., 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1974).Sh. 1897 Shetland News (7 Aug.):
Whin hit wis lamb'd we haed da midder o' hit hame, an' Girzzie yinkit hit to wir Gibbie.

II. n. 1. A possession, what belongs to one, a number, quantity, etc. of goods or chattels (Sh. 1905 E.D.D., a yink o' sheep).

2. Fig. A sweetheart, one who is engaged to another (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1974).

[Variant of Enk, n., v.]

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