Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
SICCAN, adj. Also sican, -in, sic(c)en; sickan, -en, -in, siecan; sikkan, -en, seckan, saekkin. When followed by the indef. article the reduced form sicna is freq. Suchan is occas. used by affected speakers. See Sic. [′sɪkən]
1. Such, of such a kind, of a sort already mentioned (Sc. 1825 Jam.; s.Sc. 1873 D.S.C.S. 175). Gen Sc.
Sc. 1724 Ramsay T.-T. Misc. (1876) I. 9:
But sicken a day there never was. Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 87:
Gin sickan things were true. Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 183:
To cow an' horse, an' sican beast. Sc. 1817 Scott Rob Roy xviii.:
I'll ride in nae siccan troop. Sc. 1824 S. Ferrier Inheritance I. iv.:
Sicna a discreditable like thing. Slk. a.1835 Hogg Tales (1837) II. 277:
To use sickan freedoms. Sh. 1836 Gentleman's Mag. II. 589:
I nevvir gat sek an a flegg i ma lyfe. m.Lth. 1870 J. Lauder Warblings 40:
There doesna seem a trace O' even siccan ane. Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr. Duguid 130:
I mind of ae siccan a nicht. Kcb. 1893 Crockett Raiders xxi.:
Ye'll do no siccan thing. Ork. 1907 Old-Lore Misc. I. ii. 62:
Whin id waas dark aneuch dey met a' ermed, boy, an' seckan erms. Sc. 1933 E. S. Haldane Scotland of Our Fathers 39:
The writer remembers the indignation of a gardener, also an elder in the church, at the ‘Englishy' butler's skimp traditional grace on the occasion of a solid supper. ‘Sicna grace for sicna supper!' as he laconically observed. Bnff. 1962 Banffshire Advert. (25 Oct.):
Gin thir wis siccan a player hereabouts he wid seen be snappit up.
2. Used exclam. with nouns = “what (a) . . .!”, with adjs. = “how . . .!” Gen.Sc.
Sc. 1815 Scott Guy M. xxii.:
Sicken a day as we had wi' the fumarts and the tods, and sicken a blythe gaedown as we had again e'en. Dmf. 1829 W. Caesar Jaunt 9:
And siccan shops! nae country clown Did ever see. Fif. 1887 S. Tytler Logie Town I. xiv.:
Siccan a lee! m.Sc. 1922 J. Buchan Huntingtower x.:
“Siccan weather,” said the hostess, as she opened the door to let in a swirl of wind. Abd. 1927 Banffshire Jnl. (2 Aug.) 2:
“Siccan blethers!” rudely exclaimed a nonconformist bailie. Rnf. 1935 L. Kerr Woman of Glenshiels ii.:
Fancy daeing suchna thing. Abd. 1960 :
Eh, siccan bonnie (as) the flours were!
3. In derivs. (1) sicken-like, -lek, = Siclike, similar, like (ne.Sc., Ags., Dmb., sm.Sc. 1970). Also as a n., the like: (2) in phr. siccan-a-like yin, so-and-so (em.Sc.(b), sm. and s.Sc. 1970). Cf. Sic, IV. 2.
(1) Sc. 1828 Outlaw Murray in
Child Ballads No. 305 A. lxiv.:
Sicken-like mercy sall ye have, On gallows ye shall hangit be. Cai. 1916 J. Mowat Proverbs 8:
Sican lek tae sican lek, an auld horse to a fail dik. Sh. 1964 Norden Lights 18:
We wir set abön da saekkin laeks o dee. (2) Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
Sicc'n a like yin tell'd her.
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