Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
‡SAUNT, n., v. Also sant (Ayr. 1811 W. Aiton Agric. Ayr. 683; Ork. 1882 Jam., Sh., Ork., Bnff., Abd., Ags. 1969); saant (Sh.); arch. sanct, saunct. Sc. forms of Eng. saint. See also Saint. [snt, sɑnt]
I. n. As in Eng., a saint, a holy person; one of the elect in the Calvinistic sense, often in allusion to the Covenanters (in this meaning derived from 17th-c. Eng. puritan usage). Derivs. sancthood, sauntlin, a little saint, sauntly, saintly (Ags. 1879 J. Y. Geddes New Jerusalem 111), sancty, holy, sanctified.
Sc. 1724 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) III. 83:
With Baird thre Quarters skant, . . . He seemt to be a Sanct. Ayr. 1784 Burns Ep. to J. Rankine ii.:
Ye mak a devil o' the Saunts, An' fill them fou. Sc. 1817 Scott Rob Roy xix.:
To take a' the idolatrous statues of sants out o' their neuks. Ags. 1853 W. Blair Aberbrothock 15:
As gif there wasna nae paper sancty eneuch to licht pipes wi' forby the minister's sermon beuks. Lth. 1854 M. Oliphant M. Hepburn xxix.:
They're scrimpit with their sancthood, the holy grey freers. Sc. 1893 Stevenson Catriona xv.:
The perishin' cauld chalmers [dungeons] were all occupied wi' sants and martyrs. Kcb. 1901 R. Trotter Gall. Gossip 36:
Like mony a man wi mair pretension tae bein a saunt. Ags. 1903 W. Allan Love & Labour 21:
Like sauntlin's sma' we took our seats, an' thocht, wi' reverent air, The minister a fearfu' man, gaun up the poopit stair. Abd. 1916 G. Abel Wylins 134:
I'm gled I'm sic a santly chiel. Sh. 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 151:
If dat widna vex da sowl o' a saant.
Phrs. a saunt of Sandy Lyalls, — Sawney Lyons, a worthless person, a reprobate, a sanctimonious hypocrite (ne.Sc. 1888 Sc. N. and Q. (1st Ser.) II. 91). Various explanations are offered in Sc. N. and Q. (1st Ser.) III. 158, 191.
Abd. 1930 7 :
A saunt o Sannie Lyons, for they were deevils wi gweedness — said of one who never pleaded guilty to a fault.
II. v. 1. intr. To disappear, to vanish, esp. in a sudden or mysterious manner, to be silently swallowed up; “it is applied to spectres as well as to material objects” (Slk. 1825 Jam.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W. -B., 1954 Hawick News (18 June) 7; ‡Sh., Bwk. (saint), s.Sc. 1969).
Sc. 1736 Ramsay Proverbs (1776) 56:
Neither sae sinfu' as to sink, nor so haly as to saunt. Sc. 1802 The Wee Wee Man in
Child Ballads No. 38. C.viii.:
In the twinkling o an eye, They sainted clean awa. Slk. 1818 Hogg Wool-Gatherer (1874) 70:
What's come o' my hare now? Is she santit? or yirdit? or flown awa? Dmf. 1894 J. Cunningham Broomieburn 118:
Wi' that the de'il an' the uncanny things saunted. Rxb. 1923 Watson W. -B.:
The ramper-eel made a drummle an' santit. Rxb. 1947 Trans. Hawick Arch. Soc. 34:
Gray also encountered a spectre near the manse whom he addressed in the doric: “Ye'll no fash mei”. And then, says Gray, “she santed”.
2. tr. To cause to vanish or disappear in a quick or inexplicable manner, to spirit away (Sh. 1969).
s.Sc. 1840 Tait's Mag. (Dec.) 783:
They [fairies] wad think naething o' santin' him i' the middle o' the road. Slk. 1875 Border Treasury (15 May) 476:
It's as queer a case as auld Sandy Lamb's, that was sauntit away to the tap o' Tintock, i' the swuff o' a hawk's wing. Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.:
Na, I'll never fin 'm; he's been santet. Sh. 1964 Norden Lichts 15:
Till my lang-santet hert wins back Whaar winds sall never blaa.
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