Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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JONICK, adj., n. Also jennock, gennick, genuick.

I. adj. Genuine, honest, fair, just (ne.Sc., Ags., Per.1959). Ayr. 1887  J. Service Dr Duguid 80:
I have mentioned at various times already some of the uncos, both spurious and genuick, which I possessed.
Sc.(E) 1913  H. P. Cameron Imit. Christ i. xxi.:
Thar isna raal scoup nar gennick blytheheid cep i' the dreddour o' God wi' a guid conscience.

II. n. Fair play, justice, decent treatment (Abd. 1919 T.S.D.C. III.). Phr. to dae the jennock wi, to behave fairly towards. Kcb. 1902  Gallovidian No. 13. 18:
God forgive ye, Meg, but ye hae'na done the jennock wi' me.
Abd. 1922  Swatches o' Hamespun 57:
Tam begood tae think he wisna haein' fair jonick.

[A borrowing from dial. and colloq. Eng. jannock, jonnack, id., of doubtful orig., connected with or at least popularly associated in meaning with genuine.]

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