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SINDRY, adj., n., adv. Also -ie, -ee, -a; syndry (Sc. 1871 P. H. Waddell Psalms ii. 3); sin(n)(e)therie, -y (Uls.); sin(n)ery, sinry, sinnrie, -y. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. sundry. [′sɪn(d)ri]

I. adj. 1. Separate, apart and by itself, distinct (Sc. 1808 Jam.; I.Sc., Cai., Ags., Lth., w. and sm.Sc. 1970). Obs. in Eng. exc. dial. Phr. never sin(d)ry gear, never apart, never out of one another's company. Comb. sindry wise, in different directions. Sc. 1712  D. Warrand Culloden Papers (1925) II. 32:
To stand 8 sundrie days in the jougs.
Sc. 1818  Scott H. Midlothian xlvii.:
Twa precious saints might pu' sundry wise, like twa cows riving at the same hayband.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johny Gibb xliv.:
Partitionin' aff the wast en' an' makin, a sinry door to oorsel's.
Fif. 1924  Rymour Club Misc. III. 134:
Of inseparable companions they say, “Friend binds friend, — they're nae sindra gear.”

2. In phr. all and sundry, †-sundries, one and all, all collectively and severally, orig. in Sc. legal use as a translation of Lat. omnes universi et singuli. Lnk. 1717  Minutes J.Ps. (S.H.S.) 177:
To do, use and exerce All and Sundry other thing therein.
Sc. 1783  W. Gordon Livy iv. ii. 310:
Sedition, which never failed to procure honour and respect to all and sundries, its authors and abettors.
Sc. 1818  Scott H. Midlothian xxiv.:
Horse and foot, man, woman, and bairns, all and sindry.
wm.Sc. 1837  Laird of Logan 109:
To enlichten all and sindry anent my manifold experiences of men and things.
Sc. 1887  Stevenson Underwoods 126:
The cauld terror clum in bed wi' a' an' sindry.
m.Sc. 1927  J. Buchan Witch Wood xi.:
Upbraid and denounce a' and sindry.

II. n., from the adj. used subst. in sing. or pl. Several people, a number of persons or things indiscriminately. Phr. in sinnries, as separate items, by themselves, singly, here and there. Dmf. 1757  Nithsdale Baron Ct. Bk. MS. 3:
Sundrys of the Possessors thereof have abstracted their Corns, Bear, Rye, Pease and other Grain.
Sc. 1776  Katharine Jaffray in
Child Ballads No. 221 A.v.:
He's tel'd her father and mither baith, As I hear sindry say.
Abd. 1922  G. P. Dunbar Whiff o' Doric 21:
There wis queelers an' churns Baith in sinn'ries an' kurns.
ne.Sc. 1954  Mearns Leader (1 Jan.):
This wis lookit on by sinnries o' fowk as an ill sign.

III. adv. Asunder, apart, separately, in or to pieces (Cld. 1880 Jam.; Cai. 1903 E.D.D.; Fif., Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 265; Uls. 1931 Northern Whig (11 Dec.) 13; Rxb. 1942 Zai; I.Sc., Cai., m.Sc. 1970). Phr. to fa sindry, fig., to give birth to a child (Cai. 1904 E.D.D.; Kcb. 1970). Abd. 1712  S. C. Misc. I. 220:
Our joynts have almost been pulled sundry, with driving in hackney coaches.
Ayr. 1719  Session Bk. Dundonald (1936) 608:
She had taken them sundrie several times.
Sc. 1736  Ramsay Proverbs (1776) 27:
Friends gree best sindry.
Dmf. 1760  Session Papers, Jardine v. Corbet Proof 97:
The men were parted, and some women were holding them sundry from each other.
Slk. 1817  Blackwood's Mag. (April) 24:
The witters o' the twa leisters were fankit in ane anither, an' they couldna get them sindry.
Edb. 1828  D. M. Moir Mansie Wauch xvii.:
As if he would have shooken him all sundry.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xl.:
Tam Meerison an' me forgathered an' crap awa' oot, sin'ry like.
Ayr. 1887  J. Service Dr Duguid 130:
I drew my een sinnery and warsled on my claes.
Sc. 1896  Stevenson St. Ives x.:
The daashed thing micht come sindry in ma hand.
Uls. 1898  A. Mcilroy Meetin'-Hoose Green 14:
A'm ‘feared ye hae na stuck thir couple vera weel — they'r' wantin' sinnethery sae sune.
Kcb. 1901  R. Trotter Gall. Gossip 61:
The members gaed doon on their knees, three fit sinnery on the floor in twa lang raws.
Ork. 1912  Old-Lore Misc. V. ii. 67:
He juist crammood hid taegither wi his teeth, an' then rave hid sindry wae his nieves!
Bte. 1922  J. Sillars McBrides xii.:
Had her, Marr [a dog]; tear her sinery.
Ayr. 1955  :
A child in the Infant Room referring to operations in the hay-field said, “My baler's faan sinry”.

[O.Sc. sindry, syndri, several, separately, 1375, several people, a.1400, al and syndry, 1389, asunder, 1513. See note to Sinder.]

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