Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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DAINSHACH, Daintshach, Dainshoch, Danshach, Denshag, -shauch, -chach, Dentsach, adj. Fastidious, particular; fussy about food (Cai.1 c.1920, denchach, dentsach; Cai.7 1939, dainshach; Fif., Bwk. 1825 Jam.2, dainshoch; Bwk. Ib., denshauch). [′denʃəx, ′dɛnʃəx] Sc. 1935  Sc. N. and Q. (June) 87:
Danshach maidens mak sanshach luckys.
Cai. 1916  T.S.D.C. II.:
“'at bairn is awfu' denshag in her meat.” In Latheron it is daintshach.

[Cf. Eng. dial. densh, dainsh, dainty, fastidious, squeamish (E.D.D.). The double suff. -(i)sh-ach is sense-weakening. O.Sc. has the uncompounded forms dane, daine, haughty, reserved, dignified, from c.1500–12 (D.O.S.T.), from Fr. digne. The forms with t are due to the influence of dainty.]

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"Dainshach adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Mar 2018 <>



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