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CHEENGE, CHINGE, Cheinge, Chynge, n. and v. Gen.Sc. (except I.Sc.) forms of St.Eng. change, used with all Eng. meanings. Slg.3 gives the form cheinge and Fif.1 and Lnk.3 the form chynge (1939). Sc. usages in combs. only are illustrated here. [tʃindʒ, tʃinʒ Sc.; tʃəin(d)ʒ ne.Sc. + -ai em.Sc., wm.Sc., sm.Sc.]

Combs.: 1. cheenge-hoose, chynge —, a change-house, a small inn or ale-house. Known to Abd.9, Arg.1 (obs.), Lnk.3 1939. See also change-house s.v. Change, n., 1; 2. chingin ba(ll), “a sweet that changes colour as it is sucked” (Mry.1 1914, — ba'; Ags.17 1939). 1. Sc. 1818  S. E. Ferrier Marriage (1819) II. xi.:
Ilk ane gangs bang in till their neebor's hoose, and bang oot o't as it war a chynge hoose.
Abd. 1875  G. Macdonald Malcolm II. xix.:
He had gien orders till's menyie to be aff afore the mornin' brak, an' wait at the neist cheenge-hoose till he jined them.
Ags. 1901  W. J. Milne Reminisc. of an Old Boy App. 289:
[He] hied him ower tae the cheenge-hoose o' Wat Wabblestraucht.
2. Mry. 1913  Cricket Match in North. Scot (17 May):
Consoled by suckin chingin balls.

[O.Sc. has cheng(e), cheinge, ch(e)ynge, n. and v., from a.1400 (D.O.S.T.).]

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"Cheenge n., v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Oct 2018 <>



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