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DINT, n.1 Also dent, daint, and dinto, denta, dainta.

1. Affection, liking, regard (Abd. 1825 Jam.2, denta; Abd.4 1933, daint; Ags. 1808 Jam., dent). Gen. used with o(f) = for. Also phr. to tyne dent (of a person or thing), “to lose the regard one formerly had for the object” (Ags. 1808 Jam.). Abd. after 1768  A. Ross Fortunate Shepherd (S.T.S. 1938) l. 361:
But soon lost dinto of her sareless tales.
Abd. publ. 1867  Mrs Allardyce Goodwife at Home xii.:
She tuke a dint o' fleerishin.
Edb. 1773  R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 27:
Wer't na for it [water] the bonny lasses Would . . . soon tine dint o' a' the graces.

2. Used as a term of endearment = dear one. Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore 14:
Ay, heary quo' she now but that's awa'; Dainta, quo he, let never warse befa'.

[O.Sc. daynté, dainté, denté, etc., esteem, regard, affection, from 1375, O.Fr. daintié, pleasure, joy, Lat. dignitas.]

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