Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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DAN, Dann, adv. Sh. and Ork. forms of Eng. then (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., dann). Freq. found in phr. dan-a-days, in those days. See P.L.D. § 165. Cf. Den, adv. Sh. 1928  T. M. M. Shewan in Manson's Sh. Almanac 187:
Dan-a-days we didna tink muckle ipo' wark.
Ork. 1908  J. T. S. Leask in Old-Lore Misc. I. vi. 222:
Da Market waas a grand affair dan-a-days.

[O.Sc. than, id.; O.E. þanne, þonne.]

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