Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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MAUN, adj. Also maan. Always used preceded by meikle, muckle = great, mighty, large. Cf. Eng. great big. Sc. 1743  Scots Mag. (Nov.) 524:
It has a meikle maun blue pouch hingin' at the carr side o'd, fou o' mullens and chucky-stanes.
Edb. 1773  Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 123:
[Maidens] blyth to skreen their faces Wi' hats and muckle maun bon-graces.
Sc. 1776  D. Herd Sc. Songs II. 99:
Like a meikle maan lang draket gray goose-pen.
Sc. 1784  Caled. Mercury (16 Oct.):
Britain's a muckle maun Balloon.
Sc. 1808  Jam.:
Muckle maun chield, a young man who has grown very tall.

[Appar. O.N. magn, strength, might, used attrib., a variant of O.N. megin, strength, used sim. attrib. Cf. Main, adj.]

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"Maun adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Oct 2018 <>



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