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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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AWAUK, AWAUKEN,, adj. Sc. forms of awake, awaken. Also vbl. n. awaukenin. [ə′wɑ:k Sc.; ə′wǫk Lth., wm.Sc.]

I. 1996 Timothy Neat ed. The Summer Walkers: Travelling People and Pearl-Fishers in the Highlands of Scotland 193:
' ... Jeannie's mother, Maria, would sing this to her bairnies and say, "Good night, sound sleep, and a surprise awaukenin!" Meaning if you die during the night you'll be all right ... '
Ayr. 1792 Burns It is na, Jean i.:
Altho' thy beauty and thy grace Might weel awauk desire.
Ayr. 1792 Burns Craigieburn Wood i.:
Blythely awaukens the morrow.

II. adj. (Bnff., Ags., Ayr. 2000s). m.Sc. 1979 William J. Rae in Joy Hendry Chapman 23-4 (1985) 80:
He began tae feel awfu tired anaa, and though he chaved himsel tae bide awauk, he couldna keep himsel frae noddin aff.

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