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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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SINNON, n. Also sinnan, -en, -in, sinen, -in, -on, sennan, -en, -in; senne(n)t (Rxb.); shannon (Abd. 1904 E.D.D.), shennon, shinnin, -on. Sc. forms of Eng. sinew (Lnk. 1825 Jam.; Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Sh., ne. and m.Sc. 1970). See also Sinnie, n.2. For lowpin shinnon, see Leap, v., 5.(5). [′sɪnən, ′sɛnə(n)(t), wm.Sc., Gall. ′ʃɪnən]Peb. 1805 J. Nicol Poems II. 103:
As gif her back in twa was crackit, An' onlie by the sennen tackit.
Slk. 1817 Hogg Tales (1874) 150:
My sennins turned as supple as a dockan.
Ags. 1833 J. S. Sands Effusions 104:
My sinens startin' frae the bane.
Uls. 1834 W. Carleton Traits I. 249:
Great able bones and little flesh, but terrible thick shinnins.
Ayr. a.1843 J. Stirrat Poems (1869) 2:
Shennons rack'd wi' thraws or strains.
Rxb. a.1860 J. Younger Autobiog. (1881) 102:
Banes an' sennents o' lean sheep flesh.
Kcb. 1898 A. J. Armstrong Levellers. 209:
I'm caution, beef, bane an' shinnon.
Sh. 1899 J. Spence Folk-Lore 158:
Sinnin ta sinnin, Bane ta bane, Hael i' da Father, Da Son, an' da Holy Ghost's name.
Fif. 1912 D. Rorie Mining Folk 407:
“He has a gey teuch sinon in his neck”, said of hardy persons.
Arg.1 1935:
I'm wild an' bothered wi' a lowpin' shinnon in ma han'.
Bnff. 1957 Banffshire Jnl. (14 May):
Wullie's sair beens an' sinnens.
m.Sc. 1997 Liz Niven Past Presents 14:
The skillet skailed, bluid struled
Sutherland cursed tae hae
Sic reid hauns.
Hingin thro the sinnons
O its hin haughs
Harrigals fleitin in watter
The swine swayed
And the bern bauks creaked.

[O.Sc. senown, sinew, from a.1400. For -on cf. Minnon, minnow, Tallon, tallow.]

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