Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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WANCANNY, adj. ‡1. Unsafe, risky, of things (Cai. 1973). Cai. 1909  D. Houston 'E Silkie Man 10:
'Ey thocht id micht be wancanny.

2. Of persons: unsafe to deal with because of supposed supernatural powers, unlucky (Sc. 1825 Jam.). Comb. wancanny carlin, a witch (Fif. Ib.).

[Wan-, pref., + Canny. See also Uncannie.]

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