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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 2000 (DOST Vol. VIII).
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(Schinnie,) Shinnie, Shinny, Shinye, Schynnie, n. [Obscure. Cf. Gael. sìnteag a skip, a pace, later Sc. shinty (1769) the game, (1773) the stick, 18th c. Eng. shinney (1794) the stick.] A game played with a stick curved at one end like a hockey stick and used for striking a ball, also, the stick itself. — 1589 Glasgow Kirk S. 16 Oct.
That nane be fund castand stanes within the kirkis or kirk ȝardes, or playing at futeball, goff, carrik or schynnie
1665–7 Lauder Jrnl. 125.
The bairnes of France have the excercise of the tap, the pery, the cleking, and (instead of our gouf, which they know not) they have shinyes
c1690 Bk. Pasquils 181.
He … did transub Himself to ball, the Parliament to club, Which will him holl when right teased at ane blow Or els Sir Patrick will be the shinnie goe

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"Schinnie n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 29 Mar 2023 <>



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