- a derogatory word for Scotsman
- (also not capital) informal a fool
C18: a Scots variant of Sandy, short for Alexander
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Examples from the Web for sawney
"You'll bring some of your traps with you, Sawney," said Mr. Carter.
Well, Sawney, it's a bad job, certainly; but I've no doubt you've done your best.
Want them to tell 'Lishe Teachout you're blabbin' about his affairs, you sawney?The Deserter, and Other Stories
As to me, Sawney, at your service, I think the end of my punishment is not far off.
Mrs. Sawney's tone grew in mellowness as her anger increased.Mrs. Bindle