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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FINEER, v., n. Also †finneir.

I. v. 1. To veneer, lit. and fig. (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Ork.5, Bnff.2, Abd.2, m.Lth.11945).Ayr. 1822 H. Ainslie Pilgrimage 236:
He never made use o' ony o' that vile hypocrisy that tries to finneir up wickedness wi' words or wally shaws.
Abd.15 1928:
A dresser wi' a fineert tap.

2. To ornament fancifully (Abd.15 1880; Mry., Bnff., Abd., Ags., m.Lth., Rxb. 1950). Vbl.n. fineerin and corrupt form flaneerin, fancy embroidery, trimming on clothes (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.).Bnff.6 1920:
Oor lassie got a bonnie valenteen this mornin wi a lot o fineerin at the sides an the boddim.

II. n. Trimming, ornamentation (m.Lth.1 1952).Abd.15 1928:
She's gotten a new goon wi as mony fineers on 't.

[This form was common in Eng. in 18th cent. Veneer is slightly later. Ad. Ger. furnieren, id.]

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