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DEE, De, Di(e), pron. Sh. and Ork. forms of Eng. thee (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., die; Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), di; Ork. c.1912 J. Omond Ork. 80 Years ago 26, de). Also used for thou, thy. [di(:)] Sh. 1836  Gentleman's Mag. II. 593:
Gùd bliss dee . . . an bring dee weel ta dee nean agen.
Sh. 1914  Angus Gl. 163:
A'll haul dee ower da kols for dat.
Sh. 1918  T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. I. 160:
Whin dey ken as muckle aboot paet wark as dee an I, dey'll ken somethin.
Sh. 1949  New Shetlander No. 14, 15:
Taking from a big pack-sheet bag a ship's biscuit, he spread it thickly with Danish butter, and giving it to Magnie, said, “Hae boy, steek dat a dee knev.”
Ork. 1929  Marw.:
Sit doon an' hild dee a meenit.

Hence deesell, thyself. Sh. 1931  Erty's Dilemma in Sh. Times (21 March) 7/5:
An' foo wid du express deesell?

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"Dee pron.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Jun 2019 <>



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