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DANDER, DANNER, Daunder, Dauner, v.1, n.1 Also dawner, daander, donner, donar, dandher. Gen.Sc. [′dɑ(:)nər, ′dɑndər Sc., but m.Sc. + ′d:n(d)ər; Uls. + ′dɑnðər]

1. v. Also common in Eng. (mainly n.) dial. (E.D.D.). Ppl.adj. daun'rin'.

(1) intr. To stroll, to saunter, to walk aimlessly, idly, or uncertainly, to wander (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., daander; Cld., Dmf. 1825 Jam.2, danner; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., donner; Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn., dandher; Uls.1 c.1920, dander). Sc. 1728  Ramsay Poems II. 63:
Upon a time a solemn Ass Was dand'ring throw a narrow Pass.
Sc. 1947  A. Paton in Scots Mag. (May) 90:
The path starts at the lochside below Lochailort station and dauners quietly along and up and down for several miles.
ne.Sc. a.1835  J. Grant Tales (1836) 67:
As he was daunerin' down the brae till's ain grun', he sees the black man, standin' waitin' him.
Edb. 1791  J. Learmont Poems 173:
An' nane can nature's charms enjoy, . . . Wha ay gang donarin' nidy noy To houses flisky.
Rxb.(D) 1925  E. C. Smith Mang Howes 10:
A dandert aboot amang the auld byres an smiddie-ends.

(2) tr. To stroll on, to wander about on. Rare. w.Dmf. 1910  J. L. Waugh Cracks wi' Robbie Doo ii.:
I just daunered the flags in front o' my hoose wi' my slippers on.

(3) Phr.: daun'rin' Kate, stonecrop or the dwarf houseleek, Sedum reflexum (sw.Sc. 1896 Garden Work No. cxiv. (New Series) 112).

2. n. A stroll, a slow walk. Abd. 1926  P. Giles in Abd. Univ. Review (July) 223:
Ma lad slippit oot the back wy an', makin' a bit o' a daun'er roon aboot, cam in the front wy as gin he hid come fae far.
Edb. 1894  P. H. Hunter J. Inwick ii.:
Ye maun tak a daunder through the fairm touns.
Ayr. 1821  Galt Ann. Parish ii.:
I was taking my twilight dawner aneath the hedge.

Phr.: on the dander, “idling about; on the spree” (Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.).

[O.Sc. has dander, to stroll, saunter, 1590 (D.O.S.T.), a frequentative variant of Eng. dandle, O.Sc. dandill, 1590, to move uncertainly. Further etym. uncertain, but prob. a frequentative and dim. form of *dand-, a nasalised variant of Dad, v.1, n., adv., q.v.]

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