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AINSEL(L), AINSEL', n. Emphatic form of sel' = self. Used in Sc. much like self in St.Eng., after possessive genitives. The comb. with poss. adj. has the value of a pers. pron., more emphatic than myself, himself, etc. (See also Nainsel.) [′e:n′sɛl] Sc. 1815  Scott Guy M. xxvi.:
And I'l be your wife my ain sell.
Sc. 1823  J. G. Lockhart Reg. Dalton I. 193:
They . . . are wonderfu' surprised, no doubt, to see no crowd gathering, binna a wheen o' the town bairns, that had come out to look at their ainsells.
Abd. 1863  G. Macdonald D. Elginbrod ix.:
A body's min' or soul, or whatever it may be called — but it's jist a body's ain sel', — can no more be ta'en to pieces [etc.].
Arg. 1928 1 :
Ainsell: quite common fifty years ago; almost obs. now. “Is this yer ainsell?” now replaced by “Is this yersell?”
s.Sc. 1873  Murray D.S.C.S. 198:
Sel . . . is treated as a noun, hence . . . the emphatic form hys ayn sel, or hys vœrra ayn sel.

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