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DEE, v. Gen.Sc. form of Eng. die. Ppl.adj. deein', deean'. [di: Sc., but s.Sc. + dei, see P.L.D. § 103] Sc. a.1724  Lady G. Baillie Were not my Heart light in Orpheus Caled. (1733) I. 88:
She raised such a Pother 'twixt him and his Mother, That were na my Heart light, I wad dee.
Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 32:
Bit the thinkan' wey's best for a deean' man.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb x.:
My uncle, 't deet Can'lesmas was a year.
m.Sc. 1917  J. Buchan Poems 27:
He dee'd afore his heid wad wag In God's denial.
w.Dmf. 1912  A. Anderson “Surfaceman's” Later Poems 204:
When the deein' sunlicht lay On the lang green howms o' the windin' Nith.

Phrs.: 1. to dee in the band, like M'Gibbon's calf, to die married; 2. to dee the death o' Jenkin's hen, see Jenkin's Hen. 1. wm.Sc. 1835–37  Laird of Logan II. 58:
Dee whan ye like, ye'll dee in the band, like M'Gibbon's calf.

[O.Sc. has de(e), dey, die, from 1375.]

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