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DENNER, Dener, Dennar, n. and v. Sc. forms of Eng. dinner. See P.L.D. § 58.1. The Eng. form is illustrated where the usage is Sc. [′dɛnər, ′denər Sc., but Bwk. ′danər]

1. n. As in Eng. Gen.Sc. Inv. 1761  A. Ross Freemasonry in Inv. (1877) 61:
Each absent member, especially on St John's Day, shall pay one shilling sterling for and toward payment of the dener alwise prepared of that day for the Brethren.
Abd. 1887  W. Carnie Waifs (1890) 27:
His wife, wi' dress and denner-gien, ootran a' common bouns.
Edb. 1893  W. G. Stevenson Wee Johnnie Paterson 62:
“Ye canna gang on Monday,” he said; “that's the nicht o' the curlin' denner.”
Kcb. 1894  S. R. Crockett Raiders xxii.:
It's chappin' twal, an' the denner's ready.

Combs.: (1) denner piece, dinner-, food prepared and carried to be eaten later as dinner; (2) little dennar (see quot.); dennar here is used in its original etym. sense of breakfast: cf. Fr. (petit) déjeuner. (1) Abd. 1920  G. P. Dunbar Peat Reek 25:
While his mither in a hankie Neatly row't his denner piece.
Kcb. 1894  S. R. Crockett Raiders xxiii.:
Lat Marion come oot ower the hills wi' my dinner-piece in a napkin.
(2) Rxb. 1825  Jam.2:
When people rise earlier in the morning than usual, and take a repast before the usual time of breakfast, the food thus taken is called the little dennar.

2. v.

(1) intr. To dine (Bnff.2, Abd.2, Abd.9 1940). Obs. in St.Eng. since early 19th cent., but still in use in Cum. dial. Vbl.n. dennerin'. Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xl.:
Ay, an' dennerin' an' ae thing or ither.
Per. 1879  P. R. Drummond Bygone Days 201:
If ye dinner at the “Brown Coo” every Sabbath ye gang to Perth, the cost will o'ergang the profit.
Bwk. 1947  W. L. Ferguson Makar's Medley 59:
We denner't i' the bodie's parlour And beddit nichtly i' the laft.
Lnk. 1919  G. Rae Clyde and Tweed 110:
On stookit corn the craws are dennerin' there, An' crawin', crawin'.
Ayr. 1786  Burns Lines on Ld. Daer (Cent. ed.) i.:
Sae far I sprachl'd up the brae I dinner'd wi' a Lord.

(2) tr. To dine, to supply with dinner (Abd.27 1948; Fif.10 1940). Sc. 1822  Blackwood's Mag. XI. 481:
Hogg would have been dinnered to his death.
Sc. 1823  Scots Mag. (June) 682:
Ye may be sure sic gentry were na dinnered upo' deaf nits; an' the wine skinking about like dub water.
Bnff. 1940 2 :
I hid to denner nae less than twenty folk at the stem-mull.

[O.Sc. has dennar, denner, denar, n., from 1503, and daner, from 1530, late variants of dyner.]

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