Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
About this entry:
First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
This entry has not been updated but may contain minor corrections and revisions.
GIN, prep., conj.1 Also †gain, gen. [gɪn, gɛn]
I. prep. 1. Of time: by, before, by the time that . . . comes (Sc. 1825 Jam., gen s.v. gin). Gen.(exc. I.)Sc.Sc. a.1765 Child Maurice in Child Ballads (1886) No. 83 E xxxiv.:
This lady she died gin ten o' clock, Lord Barnard died gin twall.Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 34:
Gin this day fortnight we's be cut an' dry.Gsw. 1777 Weekly Mag. (23 Oct.) 88:
I did na trow I'd see my jo, Beside me 'gain' the glowming.Bwk. 1801 “Bwk. Sandie” Poems 12:
Yet gin the gloamin' aff he set, Hame owre wi' speed.Abd. 1879 G. Macdonald Sir Gibbie xiv.:
Gien't hadna been for my club we wad baith be owre the mune 'gain this time.Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr. Duguid 229:
He gaed up through the Brig-en' gin four o'clock this mornin'.Fif. 1896 D. S. Meldrum Grey Mantle 198:
He'll tak' me as a 'prentice gin summer.Bnff. 1934 J. M. Caie Kindly North 29:
My supper, an' awa' up tae the merchan's shop gin echt, Tae get my spleuchan filled wi' bogie-roll.Gsw. 1939 Scots Mag. (Jan.) 268:
They gie'd him the blame of the serving lassie's bairn — Her at the Big House. A year gin May.
2. In anticipation of, in readiness for (a time or season) (Abd., Ags.2 1946).Abd. 1801 W. Beattie Tales (1813) 34:
We hae scarce ae starn O' fardel strae laid by 'gain Yeel.Sc. 1827 G. R. Kinloch Ballads 5:
The silks that war shapen for me gen Pasche They sall be sewed for thee.
3. = Eng. against (Sc. 1808 Jam., gen; Uls.4 1954).Sc. 1834 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) IV. 85:
He could mak nae head gain' the water . . . and he was swoopit aff his feet.
II. conj. By that time that, when; before; until (sometimes followed by that). Gen.(exc. I.)Sc. Also in Eng. dial.Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 70:
We'll cast about, an' come upo' the boucht, . . . Gin we get there, 'tis time to milk the ky.Lth. 1819 J. Thomson Poems 39:
They'll a' revive gin spring return.Ags. 1827 A. Laing Archie Allan 12:
Gin the daylight came in — he had worn awa'.wm.Sc. 1903 “S. Macplowter” Mrs McCraw 74:
The kitchen's guid eneuch fur ye, an' owre guid. Ye'll set there, gin A tell the minister.Kcb. 1911 G. M. Gordon Clay Biggin' 81:
Her greatest time was gin the simmer veesitors an' the shootin' folk cam aboot the district.Sc. 1928 J. G. Horne Lan'wart Loon 8:
An' syne begood to delve the yaird, Gin that his parritch were weel air'd; For Tam bood ha'e them cüil an' set.
You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.
"Gin prep., conj.1". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 27 Sep 2023 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/gin_prep_conj1>