Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
AWN, v. To own.
1. To possess.
Sh.(D) 1918 T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. I. 159:
An wha awns dis twa boanie peerie bairns? Knr. 1891 “H. Haliburton” Ochil Idylls 26:
George, son of lairds that awn'd the laund, Sin' Scotland was a nation. Lnk. 1922 T. S. Cairncross The Scot at Hame 56:
But I think he awned the toun.
2. To acknowledge (as one's own; as an acquaintance; as right or approved).
Sc.(E) 1925 “H. M'Diarmid” Sangschaw 28:
Nae God 'ud awn me i' this rig. Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. (1876) 35:
He never awn'd me . . . he never seemed to know me.
3. To admit, confess.
Sc. c.1730 Ramsay Fable xix. (1877) 347:
I shall first begin, And awn whate'er my conscience ca's a sin. m.Sc. 1917 J. Buchan Poems 45:
For last we fed, as ye maun awn, On a sma' troot and pease-meal scone.
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