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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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CUNZIE, Cuinyie, Queinzie, n. and v. Also coinzie. [′kyni, ′kynzi (E.E.P. V. 724)]

1. n. Coin, money.Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems II. 37:
What gars thee look sae big and bluff? Is't an attending Menzie? . . . Or Heaps of glancing Cunzie?
Bnff. 1862 R. Sim Leg. Strathisla 52: 
She'll never count kin nor coinzie wi' me nor mine, for a' her braws.
Abd. 1851 T. Treales in Bnffsh. Jnl. (2 Dec.):
Hast thou devis'd the dearth o' bread, Or ill-got cuinyie hast thou hid?
Edb. 1915 T. W. Paterson Auld Saws 80:
The chiels that rush the diggin's, For diamonds, gowd, an' a', May no bag a' the cunzie, Yet pooch a chunk or twa.
Peb. 1793 Carlop Green (ed. R. D. C. Brown 1832) ii. 10:
The lang-chinned blinker's auldest son, That gear and cunzie hugs.
Gsw. 1715 Records Burgh Gsw. (ed. Marwick 1908) 572:
To 24 peice queinzies.

Phr.: to cleik the cunȝie, see Cleek, v.1, 8.

2. v. Found only in pa.p. and ppl.adj. cunzied, (1) coined; (2) moneyed. Also found in Eng. (n.Cy.) dial. (E.D.D.).(1) Edb. 1773 R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 74:
Now night, that's cunzied chief for fun, Is wi' her usual rites begun.
(2) Ib. 83:
Shall Man, a niggard near-gawn elf! . . . Learn ilka cunzied scoundrel's trick.

[O.Sc. cunȝ(i)e, coin, coinage, from 1475; to coin (money), from c.1420 (D.O.S.T.), of the same origin as Cunyie,n.

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