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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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FENT, v.1, n.1, adj. Also feint. Gen.Sc. form of Eng. faint.

Hence fentish, faintish, ¶fentlens, faintly, imperceptibly.Sc. 1776 D. Herd Sc. Songs II. 164:
Jentlens and fentlens.
Sc. 1831 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) III. 232:
I hae survived it, though rather a wee fentish.
Gsw. 1877 A. G. Murdoch Laird's Lykewake 38:
Up gat the guidwife frae her fent.
Kcb. 1896 A. J. Armstrong Cobbler o' Kirkiebrae 20:
What made ye sae wake an' fent, lassie?
Gall. 1901 R. Trotter Gall. Gossip 171:
She wus as white as a ghaist, an ready tae fent.
Dmf. 1923 R. W. Mackenna Bracken and Thistledown 241:
I think ye feinted; are ye better noo?
wm.Sc. 1986 Robert McLellan in Joy Hendry Chapman 43-4 24:
Mary: ... try to haud it still. And whan it turns dinna fent wi fricht.
Elspeth: Has onyane fented afore.
Mary: They nearly aye fent ... Keep an ee on the winnock, Janet.

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