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WYND, n.1 Also wynde, wind; and dim. forms wyn(n)ie (Abd. 1851 W. Anderson Rhymes 183). [wəin(d). See P.L.D. § 64.]

A narrow street, lane or alley, leading off a main thoroughfare in a town and freq. following a somewhat sinuous or curving course (Sc. 1782 J. Sinclair Ob. Sc. Dial. 164, 1808 Jam.; Per., Fif., Lth. 1915–26 Wilson; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein). Now chiefly in street-names. Gen.Sc. Also attrib. and in comb. wynd-head, the top end of a wynd. Edb. 1701  Burgh Rec. Edb. (1967) 2:
The Magistrats are ordained to lay doun effectuall methods for preserving the town and suburbs thereof from the nastiness of the streets wynds and closses.
Slg. 1707  Minutes of Parliament (3 March):
Act anent Forestairs and Out-shots in that Wynd called Mary-Wynd in the Burgh of Stirling.
Sc. 1750  W. Macfarlane Geneal. Coll. (S.H.S.) II. 183:
They were Heritors of a House in the Wynd now called the Butts Wynd [in St Andrews].
Gsw. 1795  A. Brown Hist. Gsw. I. 162:
The other party entered the town by the wynd-head and college.
Sc. 1822  Scott F. Nigel ii.:
At the fit of ane of the wynds that gang down to the water-side.
e.Lth. 1845  Stat. Acc.2 II. 146:
There was formerly an open public well in the wynd.
Edb. 1886  D. Masson Edb. Sketches (1892) 11:
A multiplicity of narrow foot-passages called closes, with a few wider and more street-like cuttings called wynds.
Ags. 1888  Barrie When a Man's Single i.:
The windows of the wynd houses.
Arg. 1901  N. Munro Doom Castle xx.:
The wynds and closes of the Duke's burgh town.
Kcd. 1933  L. G. Gibbon Cloud Howe (1937) 21:
In the houses of Segget, the spinners' wynds.
Gsw. 1965  J. House Heart of Gsw. 91:
There were various wynds and closes on either side of the Trongate.
Abd. 1970  Buchan Observer (6 Jan.) 3:
I wis brocht up in the toon, Near the wynie brae.

[O.Sc. wiynde, id., c.1283, the diphthong, unusual in Sc., suggesting an O.E. *wynde, from an ablaut variant of *wind-, Wind, v.2, n.2, turn, twist. Cf. kind, mind, Hind-berry, Stryn, Wynd, v., n.2 For the meaning cf. O.E. ȝewind, a winding ascent.]

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