Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FRYNE, v. Also fryn, frine, frein. To grumble, whine, fret. Ppl.adj. frynin, peevish, discontented (Lth., Lnk. 1825 Jam.). Also in n.Eng. dial. [frəin] Abd. after 1768  A. Ross Fortunate Shepherd MS. III. 121:
Fan ye was gane this way she took a turn An' missing you began to fryn and mourn.
Edb. 1791  J. Learmont Poems 58:
An' at a sour leuk, or correction, Maun nouther frein nor mint objection.
Edb. 1822  R. Wilson Poems 36:
They frine an' fret at ithers' guid; Curs'd envy rots their vera bluid.
ne.Sc. 1884  D. Grant Lays 11:
It's eeseless noo to fryne.
Wgt. 1912  A.O.W.B. Fables 49:
The Dog frinet an' grat, but a lang oor gaed by Or the Cuddy, sae prood, brocht his min' to reply.

[Cf. Norw. and Sw. dial. fryna, to wrinkle up one's nose, to make a wry face.]

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