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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.

JANUAR, n. Also ‡Janwar (Sh., n.Sc., Ags., Per.); Janavier, Janiveer (Ags.); and unreduced forms Janwary; Janavar(e)y (Abd. 1716 Abd. Jnl. N. & Q. II. 10); Jenewarie (Fif., Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 250; Fif. 1959). Sc. forms of Eng. January. Also attrib.Wgt. 1702 Session Bk. Glasserton MS. (10 May):
Collected since the last distribution . . . Item Januar 4, 1702 . . . £1 3 6.
Ayr. a.1796 Burns There was a Lad ii.:
'Twas then a blast o' Janwar' win' Blew hansel in on Robin.
Sc. 1847 R. Chambers Pop. Rhymes 139:
If the grass grow in Janiveer, 'Twill be the worse for't a the year.
Ags. 1880 J. E. Watt Poet. Sk. 45:
Skelpin' through thick an' thin, frae Janwar' to June wi't.
Bnff. 1927 E. S. Rae Hansel Fae Hame 57:
Syne Janwar's blufferts dang it owre Laich i' th' yird.
m.Sc. 1988 William Neill Making Tracks 33:
Yon muckle aik that stuid sae strang an ticht
bi yon byornar Januar blest wes bait.
Abd. 1993 Sheena Blackhall in Joy Hendry Chapman 74-5 139:
Januar - spinnly branches
Wi their fingers aboot tae brier ...

[O.Sc. Januar, from 1570, Janiveer, 1651. For forms with v cf. P.L.D. § 137 and O.Fr. Jenever.]

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