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EH, int. In Sc. combs., usually employed to indicate affirmation, surprise, or dismay, e.g. eh aye (Bnff., Abd., Ags., m.Lth., Bwk., Kcb. 1945); eh-la (cf. Lan. dial. e-law); eh man (Abd., Fif., m.Lth., wm.Sc. 1945); eh sirs (Bnff., Abd., Fif., Knr., Slg., wm.Sc. 1945); see also Sirs; eh whow. Fif. 1812  W. Tennant Anster Fair I. xxi.:
Eh-la! what sight is this? — what ails my mustard-pot?
Sc. 1814  Scott Waverley (1817) xv.:
As nothing was to be got from this distracted chorus, excepting “Lord guide us!” and “Eh sirs!”
Sc. 1815  Scott Guy M. xlv.:
“Eh whow! Eh whow!” ejaculated the honest farmer, as he looked round upon his friend's miserable apartment.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb viii.:
Is there mair o' 't? Eh aye — here's twa korters!

Hence used as intr. v., to say eh! Sc. 1824  Scott Redgauntlet vn.:
The Justice looked to the Clerk — the Clerk to the Justice; the former ha'd, eh'd, without bringing forth an articulate syllable.

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"Eh interj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 May 2019 <>



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