Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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WANUSE, n. Also winnes. A state of uselessness, waste, in phr. to gang to wanuse, to be wasted (Rxb. 1825 Jam., ‡1923 Watson W.-B.). [wə′nøs, ′wɪnəs] Lth. 1825  Jam.:
Ye tak care o' naithing; ye let every thing gang to wanuse.
Fif. 1905  E.D.D.:
Eat it up; it'll juist gang to winnes if it's left.

[Wan-, pref., + use. Cf. Unuse.]

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