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EEN, pron. I. and ne.Sc. form of Eng. one (Sh.10, Ork.5, Bnff., Abd., Ags.19 1951). Also ean; ein (Cai.7 1949). For other Sc. forms see Ane. [i:n; Cai. ein]

1. Used absolutely, and in dim. forms eenie, eenickie (Bnff.2, Abd.2 1943). Sc. 1750 Scots Mag. (March) 113:
The lift was unco' clear, without a flaw; A bonnier een I'm sure ye never saw.
Sh. 1836 A. B. in Gentleman's Mag. II. 591:
Wee hed annidder een furbye dat.
Abd. 1903 W. Watson Auld Lang Syne 52:
Dyod, you ministers hae a braw go o't. I wiss I hed been een mysel'.
Abd.13 1910:
Twa heeds are better nor een though een o' them sid only be a sheep's heed.
Sh. 1916 J. Burgess Rasmie's Smaa Murr (Jooly 25):
Elijah's fiery-shariot gaed up; bit da modern eans comes doon.
Abd. 1924 J. M. Bulloch in Sc. Tongue 127:
The infant of the household, described as the “little wee eenickie,” that is a “teeny weeny eenie” — lies in its cradlie.
Bch. 1926 P. Giles in Abd. Univ. Review (July) 222:
Afore Sawtie appear't there micht be three or fower sets o' folk a' wytin', a' full o' their ain hardships an' vera wullin' to speak aboot them to ony een 'at wid gie them a hearin'.

Hence eenanedder, eenanidder, one another. Sh. 1898 Shet. News (8 Jan.):
Der Flekka an' wir Sholma haes ill at eenanedder, an' hit's mair is doo daurs ta lat dem lock.
Bch. 1924 J. Wight in Scots Mag. (Sept.) 443:
They war a' i' tha mussel-midden thrapplin' een anidder!

2. Applied specif. to a woman (Cai.7 1943; Sh.10, Ags.19 1949). Cf. Ane, III. 3. Rs. (Avoch) 1914–21 (per Mry.2):
Thoo wuz a braa ein tee.
Cai. 1940 John o' Groat Jnl. (23 April):
“A brave ein,” a big, fine-looking woman. Couthie chiels and strappan' eins.

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"Een pron.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 22 Jan 2022 <>



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