Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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TINE, n. Also tyne, tin (Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 243; Ayr. 1822 H. Ainslie Pilgrimage 156); teind, tynd (Sc. 1825 Jam.). Sc. forms and usages of Eng. tine, a prong, spike:

1. In comb. nutting-tine, a forked stick for gathering nuts. Sc. 1733 W. Thomson Orpheus Caled. II. 99:
A nebbed Staff, a Nutting-tyne.

2. A bent iron or bow attached to the shaft of a scythe to facilitate the cutting of corn which has been beaten down by rain (Bnff. 1950).

3. Fig.: the horn of a waning moon. Sc. 1928 J. G. Horne Lan'wart Loon 19:
The yavel müne, wi' bluntit tine.

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"Tine n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 28 Nov 2021 <>



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