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southron

[suhth -ruh n] /ˈsʌð rən/
noun
1.
Southern U.S. southerner (def 2).
2.
(usually initial capital letter) Scot. a native or inhabitant of England.
Origin of southron
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; earlier southren (variant of southern), modeled on Saxon, Briton, etc.
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  • At first Warren smiled, then he swore, as only a chivalrous southron can!

    The Ghost Breaker Charles Goddard
  • But he made no secret of the fact that he was an unreconstructed southron.

    Short Sixes H. C. Bunner
  • He will be called as a trusted southron into the councils of the coast.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • Minutes passed, and then the southron in yellow came out and ran forward.

    The Keeper Henry Beam Piper
  • If I may say it, every southron of the old régime was a statesman by nature and training.

    Birthright T.S. Stribling
  • These are the reflections which occur, somewhat obviously, to the southron.

    Adventures in Criticism

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • The pass of Killiecrankie is now almost as familiar to the southron as to the Highlander.

    Claverhouse

    Mowbray Morris
  • No, no—these are sports for the wealthy southron, not for the poor Scottish noble.

    The Fortunes of Nigel Sir Walter Scott
  • Not a Doomsman set out upon his long journey to the shadowland but that a southron was forced to bear him company.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • To the natural impressibility of the southron, the Louisianian adds the enthusiasm of the Frenchman.

British Dictionary definitions for southron

Southron

/ˈsʌðrən/
noun
1.
(mainly Scot) a Southerner, esp an Englishman
2.
(Scot) the English language as spoken in England
3.
(dialect, mainly Southern US) an inhabitant of the South, esp at the time of the Civil War
adjective
4.
(mainly Scot) of or relating to the South or to England
Word Origin
C15: Scottish variant of Southern
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Word Origin and History for southron

Southron

n.

"inhabitant of the southern part of a country," late 15c., variant (originally Scottish and northern English) of southren (late 14c.), on analogy of Briton, Saxon, from Old English suðerne or Old Norse suðrænn "southern" (see southern). Popularized in English by Jane Porter's enormously popular historical novel "Scottish Chiefs" (1810), and adopted in U.S. by many in the Southern states. She also used it as an adjective. Old English had suðmann "Southman."

But the moment I heard he was in arms, I grasped at the opportunity of avenging my country, and of trampling on the proud heart of the Southron villain who had dared to inflict disgrace upon the cheek of Roger Kirkpatrick. ["Scottish Chiefs"]

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