Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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LOCKANTIES, int. Also lockintee, -antee, and reduced form lokins. An exclamation of surprise or disappointment (Rnf. 1788 E. Picken Poems Gl., 1837 Crawfurd MSS. X. 195, obsol.). Ayr. 1821  Scots Mag. (April) 352:
Lockanties! that sic guid auld stoops o' our kintra language soud be buriet few kens whare.
Edb. 1895  J. Tweeddale Moff 191:
Lokins, miss, I houp there's naething wrang?

[Phs. a deformation of lack-a-day(s), alas!, but cf. also Lovanentie, Loke, and Eng. lawkins!]

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