Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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NA, int. An exclam. of surprise, really, indeed, good gracious! (Sh., ne.Sc. 1963). Also in phrs. na an' (there) noo, na sirs, id. Sc. 1720  A. Pennecuik Helicon 76:
Na, that dings all; but it's a Fiction.
Ayr. 1826  Galt Last of Lairds xxii.:
“Na! ” said Mrs Soorocks, taking his offered arm, “this is politeness.”
Ayr. 1887  J. Service Dr Duguid 170:
Na! that goon o' yours sets you aff!
Bnff. 1894  A. Gordon Northward Ho 134, 314:
“Deil a bit! ” “Na, an' noo! ” “Aweel there, aweel! ” burst from various voices. . . . “Na, an' there noo! ” cry the three together.
Sh. 1898  J. J. H. Burgess Tang ii.:
Na, bairns, see ye Inga? Dat's a fair new hat 'at shö haes on.

[Phs. a specialised use of NA, adv.1, = not really! I can't believe it.]

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