A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Dint, Dynt, n. [ME. dint, dynt, OE. dynt.]
1. A severe blow or heavy stroke, esp. one given with a weapon in fighting. To dele dintis: see Dele v. 2 c.
Frequently used by Barbour and Douglas, and in the Alexander.
He him selff … sa hard and hewy dyntis gave; Barb. ii. 369.
He raucht till him sic a dynt; Ib. iii. 114; etc.
He hynt the prioure be the hare … Gyfand hyme mony dintis sare; Leg. S. xxvi. 692.
He … hyre vnhedyt at a dynt; Ib. xxviii. 705.
Off that dynt thare dede he lay; Wynt. viii. 4881.
Wyth a dynt off a knyff; Ib. 6268.
Ȝe ar ouer auld dintis to ta; Alex. ii. 592.
Gif on his forhed the dynt hyttis nocht rycht; Doug. ii. iv. 44.
The bustuus dyntis on the styddeys seir; Ib. viii. vii. 116.
Ane rout of walit men … with awfull dyntis invadit the batell; Boece viii. vi. 260 b.
With my bedstaf that dastard beirs ane dint; Lynd. Sat. 1345.
I am waik and febill as ȝe kend, Fra his greit dyntis I dow not me defend; Rolland Seven S. 9299.
The knycht of Clairmont … On Sacripant ane ackwart dint did ding; J. Stewart 31/58.
b. Without article, or with possessive pronoun.
Thi modir … sal de be dynt of bytande brande; Leg. S. xxv. 246.
Thare he gave thame dynt for dynt; Wynt. viii. 2055.
His suord was drawin in his hand, Agane his dynt had nocht warrand; Alex. i. 1357.
Quhare mony worthy man … was borne doune dede to grounde, throu dynt of hand; Hay I. 50/19.
For dynt of suerd thai durst nocht till hym gang; Wall. ii. 116.
Agayne his dynt na weidis mycht awaill; Ib. iv. 619.
Thay set avpone him with a ȝowle, And gaif him dynt for dynt; Dunb. xxxiii. 76.
The ald waykly, but fors or dynt A dart dyd cast; Doug. ii. x. 63.
With smart dynt or stane kast; Ib. v. v. 59.
Quho clymith moist heych moist dynt hes of the wedder; Lynd. Test. Pap. 355.
In to dykis by dint it deidly dang thame; 1573 Sat. P. xxxix. 102.
Efter lang mint, never dint; Ferg. Prov. (1641) 6 b.
c. With mention of the weapon, etc., used; esp. swerdis dynt. (See also stingis, stokis dynt.)
He … fellyt hym with a suerdys dynt; Barb. ii. 139.
He … gave him sik a dynt of spere that he wende he had slayn him; Hay I. 49/36.
Now nowder Rutyliane fyre nor swerdis dynt May thai withstand, for all thar fors is tynt; Doug. ix. iii. 123.
Ane terrible beist … [that] straik doun gret treis with the dint of hir tail; Bell. Boece I. p. xxxi.
His mercy loist, we wan the swordis dint; 1570 Sat. P. xvii. 75.
2. fig. A force or effect comparable to a blow; an assault, onset, or shock.
The dynt of ded, Agane the quhilk is na remed; Leg. S. xxvii. 119.
Hir [sc. Fortune's] forfatouris … For quhilkis hir dyntis is dishonour or dede; Liber Plusc. 396.
The fatale dynt of deth; Doug. xii. h. 2.
He suld resist the dynt of inemyis … quhil the brig war brokin; Bell. Livy I. 145/16.
Throw his bitter deide I mis Of hell the dyntis dour; G. Ball. 126.
In case thai be fundin sleuthfull … to vnderlye the dynt of the said Act of Parliament; 1580 Inverness B. Rec. I. 276.
I fear he suffer the dint of the King's wrathe; 1597 Melvill 416.
The dint … will lycht on the Kirk … and standeres by of the same; 1607 Ib. 688.
She could help bairns who had gotten ane dint of ill wind; 1623 Perth Kirk S. 305.
The next heavie dint shall fail on the chief of the ministrie; 1654 Baillie III. 252.
b. To stele a dint, to seize an occasion of acting against a person or thing. Also a stollin dint.
The said Iohne … intending in his absence to steile ane dynt apoun him; 1521 Acta Conc. MS. XLIII. 82 b.
Chryst saying, ‘Dic Ecclesiæ’, and a onlie man stelling that dint in a quyet holl; 1585 Melvill 242.
No man so much as dreamit of sic effect as at ane stollin dint … to overthraw ane work seventie yeiris in building; 1610 Ib. 792.
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