Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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SHAN, v.2 Also shawn- (Watson). A variant of Sham, v.1, to make a wry face, to grimace. Hence comb. shan-chinned, -gabbit, -mow'd, having a wry or twisted chin or mouth, having the lower lip protruding beyond the upper, of persons or animals, e.g. sheep (Rxb. 1942 Zai; Fif., w.Lth., wm. and sm.Sc. 1970), also in reduced form shan (Zai). [ʃɑn] Sc. 1827  C. I. Johnstone Eliz. de Bruce III. ix.:
Like the Whippitie-stourie, shangie, shan-chinned, short-hoggers elf that ye are.
Slk. 1824  Hogg Tales (1874) 518:
A' the rest shanned and noddit in assent an' approbation.
Rxb. 1847  J. Halliday Rustic Bard 151:
How brainless dundrums sneer an' wink, An' shan' an' shile, and leering blink.
Abd. 1904  E.D.D.:
Man, gin ye pairt wi' ony mair o' yer teeth, ye'll be fair shan-gabbit. She's auld an' shan-gabbit noo that was aince sae blithe an' bonny.
Sc. 1925  Scots Mag. (Jan.) 277:
The skranky-shilpit an' pernickety “Keelvingsighed, 'Ow-de-dow” kin o' shangabbit wey thae wad-be's yabble when they ope their mealy-mou's.

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