Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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SY, n. Also sye. A sixpence (Inv. 1956). Edb. 1898 J. Baillie Walter Crighton 58:
A good ball could easily command a “sye” or sixpence on June Day.

[From Sc. gipsy or cant sy, id., appar. a reduced form of slang sice, a sixpence, orig. the six at dice, Mid. Du. sijs, O. Fr. sis, six.]

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