Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
†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'.
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