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ILL-WIN(D), n., v. Also -ween (Bnff.).

I. n. †1. Dislike, aversion, ill-will. Sc. 1852  Tait's Mag. (Dec.) 716:
She has sich an ill wind to him that she wad hirple a hunder miles to see him on the scaffold.

2. Scandal, slander, evil report (of someone) (Bnff.2, Abd.2 1946), used jocularly in 1866 quot. of gossip. Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 88:
A hinna seen ye sin ye cam haim. Come our bye some forenicht, an' gee's yir ill-ween.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xix.:
D' ye think 't the laird wud hear ony o' his ill-win' aboot respectable fowk.

3. Impudence, abusive language (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 88, -ween; ne.Sc. 1958).

II. v. To employ abusive language to a person (Gregor). Hence vbl.n. ill-weenan, the act of using abuse (Ib.), ppl.adj. -win'et, scandal-mongering, slanderous. Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xx.:
Nae ill! gaen awa' sittin' doon drinkin' in a hovel o' a tent, wi' a leein', ill-win'et creatur like that.

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