Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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HIS, poss.pron. Also he's, and in unemphatic position 's. Gen.Sc. For his lane (leen), his sel, see Lane, Hissel. In I.Sc. freq. of inanimate objects = its. See He. [Sc. hɪz, em.Sc., Arg. + hiz] Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) II. 190:
Auld Homer sang for 's daily Bread.
Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xlv.:
[He wants] to vrang no man o' 's money.
Knr. 1891 H. Haliburton Ochil Idylls 149:
But had that limmer ha'en the power — We ken what bizz'd in he's caip!
Sh. 1916 J. Burgess Rasmie's Smaa Murr (Maerch 9):
A pictur is no lang in tellin his aerrand.
Lth. 1925 C. P. Slater Marget Pow 198:
He's name is Duncan.

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"His possess. pron.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 31 May 2020 <>



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