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NANE, pron., adj., adv. Also nain(e), naen (w.Sc. 1854 Laird of Logan 442); neen (Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xiii.), nen(e). Sc. forms and usages of Eng. none. Freq. as one element of a double neg. = any. See P.L.D. § 32.1. [nen; Sh., n.Sc. + nin]

I. pron. 1. As in Eng. Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) II. 223:
A Dish o' married Love right soon grows cauld, And dosens down to nane, as Fowk grow auld.
Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 89:
I wat there's nane whase name is, For strappin dames and sturdy lads, And cap and stoup, mair famous.
Ayr. 1785 Burns Holy Willie's Prayer xvi.:
That I for grace an' gear may shine Excell'd by nane.
Slk. 1819 Hogg Tales (1874) 148:
Did nane o' the rest see anything?
Sc. 1823 Scott St. Ronan's W. xiv.:
Nane o' your whullywhaing, Mr. Bindloose.
Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb vi.:
The mistress bad's seek some preens fae ye. Ye gyauna's neen last.
Fif. 1896 D. S. Meldrum Grey Mantle 68:
I need nane to tell me that.
Arg. 1907 N. Munro Daft Days xxx.:
I hope we have nane o' thae aboaminable English amang us.
Abd. 1920 T. McWilliam Sc. Life 26:
For the man tae hae nene o' 's ain.
Sh. 1949 New Shetlander No. 16. 43:
Every man hed a dug, though nen o dem wis muckle use.

Phr.: neen nor some, absolutely none, none at all (ne.Sc. 1963). Abd.27 1920:
“Hiv ye ony news the day?” “Neen nor some.”

2. Of two: = neither, esp. in phr. nane o' the twa(e) (Per., Fif., Lth. 1915–26 Wilson). Gen.Sc. Ags. 1826 A. Balfour Highland Mary II. 155:
There's nane o' us fit for our lightsome clatter that we use to beguile the time wi'.
Rxb. 1847 H. S. Riddell Poems 24:
Our twa sons thegither Were stan'in' wi' their father's sheep, When down the wreathe cam' wi' a sweep, That nane could aid the ither.
Lth. 1857 Misty Morning 41:
Ye gie nane o' the twa o' them ony thanks aither.
s.Sc. 1873 D.S.C.S. 177:
Nane o' the twae o' ye maun gang.
Fif. 1894 J. W. McLaren Tibbie and Tam 19:
Nane the twa seemed to tak' ony notice.

II. adj. As in Eng. = no, not any, esp. when placed after the noun qualified (Sh., ne.Sc. 1963). Sc. 1776 Lord Ingram in Child Ballads No. 66 C. 23:
A maiden she is nane.
Ayr. 1790 Burns Ay Waukin, O ii.:
Sleep I can get nane.
Lth. 1813 G. Bruce Poems 13:
Hopes I'd nane o' kin' relief.
Bnff. 1924 Swatches o' Hamespun 83:
Guile there wis neen.

III. adv. As an emphatic neg.: not at all, in no way, by no means (n. and m.Sc. 1963). Obs. in Eng. since 17th c. Sc. 1765 Trial K. Nairne 62:
She slept none till towards the morning.
Edb. 1772 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 73:
Than ours they're nane mair fat and fair.
Ags. 1798 W. Anderson Ladywell (1823) 5:
I'm nane sae fear'd as ye wad trow.
Sc. 1821 Scott Pirate xviii.:
If you will walk by my advice, you will quarrel nane.
Ayr. 1824 Galt Rothelan II. iii. ii.:
He saw that I was none informed regarding the page.
Sc. 1826 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 102:
The haill loch was laughing at him. The cretur can skate nane.
Edb. 1844 J. Ballantine Miller iii.:
I'll gang nane to bed.
Ags. 1889 Barrie W. in Thrums xxii.:
I would hae said he wasna nane weel.
Kcb. 1893 Crockett Stickit Minister 86:
Gin I hadna gi'en ye that dunch, ye micht hae preachen nane at Cauldshaws this nicht.
Abd. 1926 Abd. Univ. Review (July) 223:
He wiz nae nane surpriz't to see'r.
Arg.2 1931:
“I'll tak it back.” “Ye'll tak it back nane.”
Gsw. 1958 C. Hanley Dancing in the Streets 201:
“I saw your cartoon in the Times yesterday,” Charlie told Bud. “You can draw nane.”
Abd.27 1960:
I dinna neen think that.

Hence nanetheless, neendaless (Sh.), nevertheless, none the less. Abd. 1868 G. Macdonald R. Falconer III. v.:
But nanetheless wad I ken him.

[O.Sc. nane, = I. 1., II., 1375, = III., 1438.]

Nane pron., adj., adv.

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