Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CRIVENS, CRIVVENS, int. Gen. used as an excl. of surprise, and sometimes preceded by by or holy. Known to Bnff.2, Ags.17, Fif.13, Edb.1, Lnk.11 1941. Ags.(D) 1894  J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) i.:
By crivens, he's gotten a richt horse for Donal', noo.
Lnk. 1932  G. Blake Sea Tangle 20:
“Holy crivvens!” he cried then. “It's a lassie!”
Slk. 1914  Southern Reporter (17 Dec.) 3/4:
Crivens! The schulemaister! A thocht, he wis tae be awa frae hame the nicht!

[Cf. Criffins.]

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"Crivens interj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jun 2019 <>



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