Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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EE, 'E. An aphetic form of the def.art. the. See P.L.D. §§ 158 and 158.1. Also ey (Per. 1887 R. Cleland Inchbracken 59, 712). Used also as a contr. for i'the, in the, o' (= of, on) the (Per., Fif. Wilson; Abd.27, Ags.18 1949). See P.L.D. §§ 96.6 and 125. In this sense the form e'y is also found.Rnf. 1805 G. McIndoe Poems 57:
Tak' ye the goose a gouff 'e cheek.em.Sc. (a) 1873 Murray D.S.C.S. 26:
In the West of Forfar and Fife, South of Perth, in Kinross, Clackmannan, etc., the article is regularly abbreviated into ee “ee haid o ee toon, ee haid ee toon, pyt ee braid i' ee press.”Abd. 1878 in Ellis E.E.P. V. (1889) 777:
Fat's the matter wi ee creeter.Per. 1883 R. Cleland Inchbracken 9:
Here's a laddie come a' the gate frae Inverlyon, e'y tap o' the coach.Cai. 1909 D. Houston 'E Silkie Man 4:
If we dinna feenish 'ir 'iss week, we'll be 'e mooth 'e pairish.Ags. 1926 R. W. Dill Beauty Spots 131:
A “Private” conducted by Mr Deuchar, “Up ee Manor,” and which was familiarly known as “Pallywhack's Schulie.”
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