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stound

[stound, stoond]
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noun
  1. Archaic. a short time; short while.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. Chiefly Scot. to pain; hurt.

Origin of stound

before 1000; (noun) Middle English sto(u)nd, Old English stund space of time; cognate with German Stunde, Old Norse stund hour; (v.) Middle English stunden to stay, remain for a stound, derivative of the noun; akin to stand
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Examples from the Web for stound

Historical Examples

  • "Your father is nothing but an ache and a stound to you, lass," Sim would say in a whimper.

    The Shadow of a Crime

    Hall Caine

  • I'd be nothing but an ache and a stound to the lass, as I've olas been—nothing but an ache and a stound to them all.

  • Stound; a stroke that suddenly over-powers and produces faintness.

  • Suddenly there was a shock and stound all over the vessel, her progress was stopped, and a rocking vibration was felt everywhere.

    A Dark Night's Work

    Elizabeth Gaskell

  • I felt a stound of anguish at the words that might in other circumstances have been true but now were so remote from it.


British Dictionary definitions for stound

stound

noun British dialect
  1. a short while; instant
  2. a pang or pain

Word Origin

Old English stund; related to Old High German stunta period of time, hour
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