Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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.]
You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.
"Dander v.1, n.1". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Jul 2019 <https://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/dander_v1_n1>
Try an Advanced Search