Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

BACKBANE, BACKBEEN, n. Sc. forms of backbone. Lit. and fig. Abd. 1865  G. Macdonald Alec Forbes lxviii.:
It gars me host like a cat wi' the backbane o' a herrin' in her thrapple.
Ags.(D) 1922  J. B. Salmond Bawbee Bowden vii.:
I doot my backbeen's a' to smithereens.
Rnf. 1871  D. Gilmour The “Pen” Folk (1876) 19–20:
Noo, ae ither question, an' I'll hae gotten the backbane o' the maitter.

Phr. †back-bane links, the spine. Abd. 1785  R. Forbes Ulysses (1821) 18:
Ere I him to my shoulders got, My back-bane links were sey'd.

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Backbane n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Apr 2019 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/backbane>

1019

snd

Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

Browse Up
    Loading...
Browse Down

Share: