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Morning, n. Also: morne-, mornn-, morin(e)-, moren-; moirn(e)-; murn- and -yn(g, -ynge; and morvinge. [ME. morning (Cursor M.), mornynge morennynge (14th c.), morowning (14–15th c.), early moreȝeninge (13th c.), mor(e)wening(e (13–14th c.), f. morȝen, morwen (Morn n.), and -ing on the analogy of Evining.]

1. a. The morning, the early part of the day. b. The following morning. c. Tomorrow morning. Common in in and into (also on) the morning (see also Morn(e n. 3 (2) for examples), also in specifying a time of day (also of the morning), and in prep. phrases without the article, as in, at, fra morning. (1) Theodera … stil lay til the mornyng; Leg. S. xxx. 342.
And gyf he be tane on the nycht … he sal be haldyn … qwhyl the mornyng; Burgh Laws c. 83 (B).
Acts I. 35/2.
The grund growand with gres gratius … The mornyng [Ch. murning] myld; Henr. Fab. 1334 (Bann.).
And the clear christall sky banished the night, And the red morning rose from the right airt; Craig v. 5.
(2) He … fand a few a trayn to ma That sone in the mornyng can ta Cattale; Barb. vi. 398.
That in-to the mornyng Veill soyn ane fudyr he suld bring; Ib. x. 200.
& to-morne in the mornynge Berand fluris thu sal it fynd; Leg. S. xix. 265.
Tomorne airly in the morning Ane lytle forrow the sone rysing; Alex. ii. 2827.
This was ane day in the morning That rissin was the nobill King; Ib. 10895.
Bot in the mornyng qwhen tyme is thai [fish] sal be borne hale to the market; Burgh Laws c. 81 (B).
Quhen he seis a womman kemmand hir hede nakit in the mornyng; Hay II. 64/24.
To-morne on the morning; Rauf C. 85.
To the King, in his bed in the mornyng x angellis; 1489 Treas. Acc. I. 127.
On Payce dayin the mornyng … to the prest; 1490 Treas. Acc. I.
Ib. 132.
Irland Mir. I. 39/37.
At the sergeand … tymly in the mornyn be folk rys serche the toune; 1499 Prestwick B. Rec. 36.
Ane in the morneyng and ane uthir at nycht; Brevis Cronica 326.
This Furisday in the morvinge; 1544 Corr. M. Lorraine 106.
[He] saw hyr ryis in the mornyngis and cum but; 1560 St. A. Kirk S. 69.
And drink it in the mornynge tua or thre days; a 1595 Misc. Spald. C. II. xxx.
The said William Forbes … came tymouslie in the moirning befoir the sone-ryseing; 1611 Crim. Trials III. 204.
Tuo tymes in the morening and in the forenoone; 1631 Elgin Rec. II. 222.
On Satterday in the morneing; 1639 Innes Sketches 372.
(3) And thairafter continuallie clenge the said houssis within tyme of nicht quhill v houris of the morning; 1518
(c 1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I. 176.
Betuix vi or vii houris to morne in the mornyng; 1528 Acta Conc. MS. XXXVIII. 185.
In the mornyng at the five hours; 1539 Soc. Ant. II. 397.
1552 (c 1580) Edinb. B. Rec. II. 165.
Buch. Wr. 13.
Fra viii houris on the morning to ellevin houris befoir none; 1565 Reg. Privy C. I. 333.
Be sex of the clok in the mornyn; 1583 Cal. Sc. P. VI. 634.
1628 Dundonald Par. Rec. 264.
(4) Off Lentren in the first mornyng [M. moirnyng] Airly as did the day vpspring; Dunb. xii. 1.
(5) His vse wes ay in morning to ryis air; Henr. Fab. 2235 (H).
At moirning in ane garding grene; Maitland Maitl. F. xcvii. 1.
Ane husbandman that haldis the pleuch fra morning till evening; 1599 Rollock Wks. I. 412.
Otherwayes no master that hath ane servant at night is sure to have them at morning; 1679 Kirkcudb. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 282.

2. With the indefin. article: A (certain) morning, the early part of some particular day. Also with descriptive adj. and fig. Arly he rais in ane mornyng; Barb. xi. 183.
All thus in May as I ment in a mornyng; Howlat 157.
Into a soft morning … I passit furth; Henr. Fab. 1713 (Bann.).
Bk. Chess 267.
So appinit in a Maij morning; Freiris Berw. 28 (B).
The student colling his candle in a morning, the coll falles throw the laft; Melvill 85.
In ane somer morneing, earlie befoir the sone; 1616 Shetland Witch Trial in
Dalyell Darker Superst. 118.
fig. The Church hath a foul morning, and a fair evening; Durham Comm. Rev. 332.

3. Used adverbially without prep., in various applications. For candill, mornyng and eining, xij d.; 1560–1 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 121.
For … covering of the [communion] taiblis baith the dayis and morinyngis; 1563–4 Ib. 190.
I rassauit this moirneing ane wreitting; 1577 3rd Rep. Hist. MSS. 419/1.
Quhilk scho commandit him to do thre seuerall moirnings before the sone ryseing; 1629 Justiciary Cases I. 138.
To serue the tables the morne John Mill [and three others] morneing; 1631 Elgin Rec. II. 222.
For comming so earlie ilk mornning to hir guidmotheris house befoir the sone ryseing; 1633 Orkney Witch Trial in
Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. V. 547.
Goeing to the lizour with his kyne at 4 houres ilk morneing; 1678 Rothesav B. Rec. 357.
For his goeing morneing and ewining throw the toun; 1680 Banff Ann. I. 159.

4. Attrib. and comb. a. Passing into adj.: That exists or takes place in the morning. b. Morning tyde, -time. Also Morning-gift. a. The necessar and godlie seruice dalie done be Jhonne Carnys, actour of the mornyng prayeris; 1561 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 123.
This great noyse … perturbit the Lord Fleayming … from his mornyng sleap; Hist. Jas. VI 70.
The enemies [of the Church] haue a fair morning-blink … but ere long wrath is poured; Durham Comm. Rev. 332.
b. Thow sall thame se at morning tyde; Alex. ii. 500.
His omission of prayer in the morning time … he confessed with regrate; 1649 Last and Heavenly Speeches of Viscount Kenmuir 24.

c. = Morning-drink n. — And without any bounteth, morning or four hours drinks; Edinb. Justices Peace 410.

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