Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GEENYOCH, adj., n. Also geenoch, guyn-, genyough, gine-.

I. adj. 1. Ravenous, voracious (Ayr. 1811 W. Aiton Agric. Ayr. 692, gineough; Lnk., Ayr. 1825 Jam., genyough); gluttonous (Upp. Lnk. 1825 Jam., geenyoch).

2. Greedy for money, avaricious (Upp. Lnk. 1825 Jam.). Hence (1) geenyochly, adv. gluttonously, greedily (Ayr. Ib.); (2) geenyochness, n., greed (either for food or money) (Ib.). (1) Sc.(E) 1913  H. P. Cameron Imit. Christ iii. vi.:
Throwe a middlin gainstaunin ye fa' awa frae what ye begude, an' syne owre geenyochly seek eftir consolement.

II. n. A greedy person (Ayr. 1825 Jam., geenoch, guynoch).

[Gael. gionach, greedy (for food or money), greed, gluttony.]

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