Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
DIN, n. Sc. usages:
1. As in St.Eng. but with weakened sense = a slight noise, freq. of running water.
Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems 147:
If Dogs should bark, or but a Mouse make Din. Edb.  J. Thomson Poems (1819) 191:
To rest themselves beside the stream, And hear its murmuring din. Lnk. 1884 J. and E. C. Nicholson Willie Waugh 39:
Syne Maisie rins to pour the scaddin' water Amang the fragrant leaves, wi' tricklin' din.
2. A fuss, to-do (Bnff.2, Abd. and Ags. correspondents, Kcb.10 1940).
Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems 25:
And she, poor Jade, withoutten Din, Is sent to Leith-Wynd Fit to spin. Sc. 1824 Scott Redgauntlet xx.:
Here's a bra' din, indeed, about an auld wife gaun to the grave. Ags. 1892 A. Reid Howetoon vi.:
She styled him “a dainty body, wi' little din.” We are a quiet people, but not stolid. Ayr. 1885 R. Lawson Maybole Past and Present 59:
“Weel,” said Johnnie, “Whether is't waur to tell a lee to keep doon a din, or to tell the truth to kick up a deevilment o' a din?”
3. A report, rumour; a scandal (Bnff.2, Abd.2 1940; s.Ayr. 1950 (per wm.Sc.1)).
Per. 1883 R. Cleland Inchbracken 225:
The hale glen's ringin' wi' the din o' yer iniquities.
Combs.: (1) din-breeder, a trouble-maker (Fif.16 1947); (2) din-makker, id. (Ags. 1948 (per Abd.27)); (3) din-raiser, id. (Abd.27 1948); (4) din-raisin', adj., quarrelsome (Abd.4 1931); trouble-making, applied to one who carries stories in order to make trouble (Bnff.2, Abd.2, Abd.9 1940).
(4) Abd. 1873 J. Ogg Willie Waly 163:
She's greatly disliked for the length o' her tongue, An' aften described as “a din-raisin' rung.” Abd.  W. Watson Auld Lang Syne (1905) 253:
Of malignant liars we had only a few, and they were known as “leein', din-raisin' randies.”
4. Sc. derivatives of din in the sense of a noise: †(1) dinfu(l), noisy; †(2) dinless, silent; †(3) dinnous, noisy; (4) din raiser, a noisy child; (5) dinsome, = (3).
(1) Sc. 1877 J. S. Blackie Wise Men 31:
The trumpet-tongued exploits of dinful war. Kcb. 1789 D. Davidson Seasons 22:
And now in dinfu' bizzing, through the air The bees crowd thick to taste the hinni'd sweets. (2) Edb. 1791 J. Learmont Poems 14:
An' now the dinless glens aroun' Resoundit wi' the clang. Ayr. a.1878 H. Ainslie Pilgrimage, etc., and Poems (1892) 192:
Jeanie, dinless as a ghaist, Slipt up an' wrathsome Willy fac'd. (3) Sc. 1819 J. Rennie St Patrick II. xvii.:
Ye're haudin' up your vile dinnous goravich i' the wuds here, it the vera craws canna get sleepin'. (4) Per. 1883 R. Cleland Inchbracken 188:
Skirlin' the like til a merry-begotten wee din raiser. (5) Sc. 1724 Ramsay T. T. Misc. 121:
O Katty, wiltu gang wi' me. And leave this dinsome Town a while. Mry. 1924 Hogmanay in Swatches 79:
Auld Sandy Hind gyan doon the wynd Tae swall the dinsome thrang. Bwk. 1801 “Berwickshire Sandie” Poems 79:
A while I've left the dinsome clamour, That rages in the schools. Ayr. 1786 Burns Scotch Drink xi.:
Till block an' studdie ring an' reel Wi' dinsome clamour. Rxb. 1870 J. Thomson Doric Lays 21:
Wha wadna leave the dinsome toun, Wi' a' its strife and noise.
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