Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

DAYLIGAUN, n. Twilight. Also dayligon, dayly-goin (Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. & Dwn.), day-le-gone (Uls. 1908 A. McIlroy Burnside iii.), dayli' goin' (Uls. c.1920 J. Logan Uls. in the X-rays (2nd ed.) vi.), daylagone (Uls. 1928 in Mid Uls. Mail (3 Nov.)), dailygin (Ant. 1931 in North. Whig (14 Dec.)), day'l-agaun. Sc. 1934  in Scotsman (25 Aug.) 10:
Through dayligaun that winna gang . . . A silly baukiebird alang The deid-quate ruifs is chitterin.
Lnk. 1818  Edb. Mag. (Dec.) 503:
It was in a cauld blae hairst day, at dayligaun.
Uls.(D) 1879  W. G. Lyttle Readings 47:
Maggie maks me sit an' rock the creddle frae day'l-agaun til beedtime.

[A reduced form of Daylicht + gaun, going (see Gae, v.).]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Dayligaun n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Jul 2019 <>



Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND: