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FOUNDIT, n. Also foundet, -ed, foondit; fundit. Reg. with neg., (not) the least little bit, (not) a particle, atom, thing (Gall. 1952). [′fu:ndɪt] Sc. 1824  Sam. Macaree's Ghaist 8:
Here down I fell to kiss his feet, But fiend a foundit could I find.
Uls. 1858  Uls. Jnl. Archæol. VI. 43:
Why a woman's kep throttin' behine ye, till she can't do a turn, nor a foundet.
Fif. 1864  W. D. Latto T. Bodkin viii.:
Withoot sayin' ought or foondit aboot it.
Ags. 1879  Arbroath Guide (12 April):
Lizzie lyin' in her bed . . . no able to look after a fundit.
Ayr. 1887  J. Service Dr Duguid 122:
From owre mony of them I never to this day have gotten a foondit.
Cai. 1900  E.D.D.:
'Er isna founded in 'e hoos.
Kcb. 1936 9 :
The doctor's been at him three times an' he's no yae foondit better.

Hence, by extension of the neg. force to foundit, phr. foundit hate, not a blessed thing (Bwk. 1825 Jam.). See Haet. Kcb. c.1900 4 :
As is said of a destitute bodie, “Foundit hate he has.”

[An abbreviated form of “not a confoundit . . .”]

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