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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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WINE, n. As in Eng., but in Gsw. and other urban areas often specif. cheap fortified red wine or sherry. Sc. combs.: 1. wineberry, the currant, Ribes, esp. the red-currant, Ribes rubrum; 2. winebottle, the barberry, Berberis vulgaris (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); 3. winedrinker, a red-finned herring (Sc. 1880–4 F. Day Fishes II. 210); 4. wine grape, rhyming slang for paip n. 3 2; 5. wine-shop, a public-house which serves cheap wine (Gsw. 1974); 6. wine-slide, a coaster, a tray or stand for a wine bottle or decanter which can be slid along a table. Gen.Sc. Cf. Eng. slider, id.; 7. wine-tree, the sloe or black-thorn, Prunus spinosa; 8. wine-ya(i)rd, a vineyard. Arch.1. n.Sc. 1806 R. Jamieson Pop. Ballads II. 20:
In the north of Scotland, the common currant is called the wineberry.
4. Gsw. 1992:
He's a wine grape.
Gsw. 1985 Michael Munro The Patter 82:
wine grape Pape, i.e. a Roman Catholic
5. Gsw. 1965 J. House Heart of Glasgow 47:
It was found that you get pretty much the same effect by drinking a glass of cheap red wine and following it with a ‘chaser' of beer. Pubs which sell this combination are known in Glasgow as ‘wine shops'. . . . One morning I went into a wine shop near the centre of the city.
6. Fif. 1939 St Andrews Cit. (28 Jan.) 6:
2 pairs Wine Slides.
7. Wgt. 1877 G. Fraser Sketches 269:
Bullister slaes! the same as A hae gethered at the wine-trees o' Baldoon fifty eers since.

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"Wine n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 May 2024 <>



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