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ETHERIN, Eitherin, adv.Either. [′eðərɪn(z) Sc., but Sh. and ne.Sc. ′ɛdər-, ′edər-]

1. Forms: etherins, -ans, aither(a)ns, aitheren, eitherans, -ens, -n; Sh., ne.Sc., aidern, aid'rin, edderan, -(e)n, -in(s), eddiran, eid(d)erin. Sc. 1820  Blackwood's Mag. (Nov.) 201:
In the byegaun, no thinking o' ony ill eitherin, Guid shall be my protection.
Sh. 1836  Gentleman's Mag. II. 593:
A wirtie, onnist man az evvir pat a drap o' hey brù in a ùlie kig, or hùlkie eddiran.
Dmb. 1846  W. Cross Disruption xiv.:
As for the cockit hat, I'm no verra sure about it eitherens.
Sh. 1919  T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. II. 167:
Dir gotten nothin ta du wi da Commission, or da consort eddern.
Abd. 1926  P. Giles in Abd. Univ. Review (July) 226:
Bit it hizna been that short eidderin.

2. Usages: (1) After a neg. = any more than another (w.Sc. 1825 Jam.2, etherins; Sh.11, Bnff.2, Abd.2 1944, edderin(s)). Sc. 1818  Sawers Dict. Sc. Lang.:
I dinna like it aitherans: I do not like it either.
Abd. a.1880  W. Robbie Yonderton (1929) 93:
Tam mumbled something about his profit being “nae verra ill t' coont etherin”. [The form eithern also appears on p. 18.]
Sh. 1922  J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 124:
Cauld shurely canna kill me, or weet edderin' mam, or dan I'd been lang büried.
Abd. 1929  J. Alexander Mains and Hilly 109:
Weel, awyte, aw wisna owre seen that day edderin.
Arg. 1944 1 :
He got a bad name, but he wusna such a bad fellow eitherans.

†(2) Besides, as well (Bwk. 1825 Jam.2, etherins). Rnf. 1876  D. Gilmour Paisley Weavers 119:
He needs or wants tae be sair'd etherans.

(3) In phr. by edderins, “not very well and not very ill” (Bch. 1916 T.S.D.C. II.).

[Ether, adv., q.v., + adv. suff. -ing(s).]

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