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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. [1801]  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. [1903]  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.

[In the general sense of “a loud confused noise” din occurs in O.Sc. from 1438; in the sense of “fuss or disturbance” it is found from c.1450.]

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