Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

SEENDIL, adv., adj. Also seindle; seyndle, sendyle, sindle, -ill; se(e)nil, seen(n)le, sin(n)le, sinal, sinile, seinle, s(e)ynle, sennel, -il, and corrupt form single (Sc. 1825 Jam.). See D, 2. and P.L.D. § 126. 2. [sin(d)l, sɪn(d)l, sɛnl, səin(d)l]

I. adv. Seldom, rarely, infrequently. Obs. exc. liter. Deriv. senlins, id. Sc. 1721  J. Kelly Proverbs 7:
A gentle Horse should be sindle spar'd.
Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 17:
If Lindy chanc'd, as synle was his lot, To play a feckless or a wrangous shot.
Edb. 1791  J. Learmont Poems 31:
The men wha think, but sennil speak.
Ags. 1819  A. Balfour Campbell I. xviii.:
He's seenil at hame.
Dmf. 1823  J. Kennedy Poems 43:
And how it may fare with my once panged press, To me is unknown, as I'm sendyle in dress.
Knr. 1832  L. Barclay Poems 106:
A chap he is that sinal spares What neck he comes across.
Ayr. 1858  M. Porteous Real “Souter Johnny” 31:
In a tuilzie seenle sweert, To tak your skair.
Sc. 1862  A. Hislop Proverbs 198:
Kame sindle, kame sair.
Ags. 1867  G. W. Donald Poems 163:
Death will senlins e'er be skair'd.
Per. 1899  J. A. R. Macdonald Blairgowrie 12:
Tho' weel we ken far it sud be, Not sinnle seen.
Sc. 1928  J. G. Horne Lan'wart Loon 7:
For Dod, betimes, was dreich to draw, But, seenil, lang wi' Tam wad thraw.

II. adj. Rare, infrequent (Fif. 1825 Jam.). Adv. seinly, seenly, seenillie [ < seendil-ly], comb. sindle-times, rarely, seldom. Sc. 1728  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) II. 168:
For sindle times they e'er come back.
ne.Sc. 1790  Caled. Mercury (14 June):
Fou seinly dow thow see the sin.
Ags. 1808  Jam.:
A seenil ein, one occurring by itself and seldom.

[O.Sc. sindill, = I., 1470, seyndill, 1549, sindle times, 1644, met. forms of Mid.Eng. selden, seilden, O.E. seldan, the orig. of the altered Eng. form seldom].

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Seendil adv., adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 22 Sep 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/seendil>

20717

snd

Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

Browse Up
    Loading...
Browse Down

Share: