Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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WANJOY, n., adj. Ork. usage only.

I. n. Sorrow, misery, joylessness (Ork. 1929 Marw.). Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 136:
[Hid] gar'd me forget mae sair wanjoy.

II. adj., from I. used attrib. Miserable, wretched, mischievous, troublesome (Ork. 1929 Marw., Ork. 1973). Ork. 1908  Old-Lore Misc. I. viii. 317:
Dat wanjoy Secretary o' wirs.

[Wan-, pref., + joy.]

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