Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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E'EN, Een, n. Evening. This contr. form of Eng. even is now chiefly poet. in Eng. Gen. used to designate the evening before feast or saints' days, e.g. Eel e'en, Fastern's E'en, Halloween, etc. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1737  Ramsay Proverbs (1759) 23:
Drunken at e'en, and dry on the morning.
Ayr. 1786  Burns Ep. to J. Lapraik i.:
An' Paitricks scraichan loud at e'en.
Sc. 1819  Scott Bride of Lamm. xii.:
I'se e'en pit them in my napkin, and eat them to my supper at e'en.
wm.Sc. 1835–37  Laird of Logan II. 283:
The moon gies us light in thae dark Saturday eens, but the sun never shines but when it's day-light.
Kcb. 1883  G. Murray Sarah Rae 63:
And e'en and morn I'll daut and cuddle My bonnie Jean.
Ayr. 1910 1 :
The train cam in, about fowr at een.

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"E'en n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 25 May 2019 <>



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