Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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WANE, n. Also wain and erron. ¶wene (Slk. 1813 Hogg Queen's Wake 170). A dwelling, a house, a room. An arch. survival in ballad usage, otherwise obs. since 16th c. Deriv. ¶wainless, homeless. s.Sc. c.1800  Erlinton in
Child Ballads No. 8 A. v.:
In my bower, Willie, there is a wane, An in the wane there is a wake.
Sc. 1820  Scots Mag. (May) 423:
A dowie sheen frae his austrous een Gae licht to the dismal wane.
Sc. 1825  Fair Annie in
Child Ballads (1956) II. 72:
And if you leave me thus forlorn, A wainless wife I'll be.

[O.Sc. wane, a.1400, Mid.Eng., id., ultim. of the same orig. as Wan, n.2]

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