Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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RINT, n. Also rant; and deriv. forms rintel, rantal (Jak.). A rag, a tattered fragment of clothing (Sh.3 1932, Sh. 1968).

Comb. rintie-pells, rags, tatters; an old worn garment; a worn-out wooden implement (Sh. 1908 Jak. 1928). See Pell, n.1, 2. Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
Der'r no a rant o' it efter. . . . Dey're laid deir claes i' rants.
Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.:
He had no a decent rint upon his back.
Sh. 1960 New Shetlander No. 54. 18:
Glen wid rive dem in rintie-pells if he eence got his teeth in dem.

[Variant of Norw. rind, stripe of colour in cloth, phs. with influence from Eng. rent, a tear, rip.]

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