Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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SNAW, n., v. I. Sc. forms of Eng. snow.m.Sc. 1991  William Montgomerie in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 18:
The winter snaw is in ma hert
within ma hert within ma hert
Dundee 1991  Ellie McDonald The Gangan Fuit 33:
The jobes aff the breers his claes hiv aa rivan,
muckle he tholes frae the cauld an the snaa.
m.Sc. 1997  Tom Watson Dark Whistle 53:
Frae stakin' up a rose or hert
Tae feenish a' its days in Winter
m.Sc. 1998  Ian Cameron The Jimmy Shand Story 125:
'Tell ye one thing, Anne, it's a guid joab there's nae sna aboot — I wouldna dare appear in the streets, jist be a proper invitation tae lauddies wi sna bas a' place!'
Arg. 1998  Angus Martin The Song of the Quern 55:
There's thir shottin licht on
an there's thir en awa;
they're ringin on a puckle
throu win an blinnin sna.

I. 1. Add Comb.: snaw kaavi, A snowstorm.Sh. 1993  New Shetlander Sep 21:
Snaw kaavi — snow storm. No. kave–snow–squall.

I. 1. (7) Add: I. 1. (7) (ii) Sc. form of Eng. snowflake.Dundee 1989  W. N. Herbert in Joy Hendry Chapman 55–6 93:
A whidjum oan thi ee maks
thi mune a fou snaaflake
stickit til thi staurliss
taury lift

I. 2. (1) Add quots.: Ayr. 2000  :
Money goes lik snaw aff a dyke.
Sc. 2000  Herald 21 Jan 12:
ITV shares go like snow off a dyke

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"Snaw n., v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 13 Nov 2019 <>



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