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[sahyn] /saɪn/
adverb, preposition, conjunction, Scot. and North England.
Origin of syne
1300-50; Middle English (north) seine, syn, contraction of sethen since; see sith Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for syne
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  • He spak straucht oot the day, and I did the same, and angert him; and syne he angert me.'

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • Ye maun learn to ken him, Francie, and syne ye'll be feart at naething!'

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • Ay, it micht mak them humble to see hoo foolish they are syne.

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie
  • "Weel, it's forty-one years syne come Michaelmas," said Jess.

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie
  • syne, ye ne'er saw the bit dog's like for a bairn that'd haen a lickin'.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • Eh, Jamie, that wad be whaur 'is maister deed sax months syne.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • Come in by, bairns, I sent Sandy over to Fernie a while syne.

    Janet's Love and Service Margaret M Robertson
  • But first on Sawnie gies a ca', syne, bauldly in she enters.

  • And yet a gentleman by the look of him, said Sim MacTaggart, five minutes syne.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • An' syne I thocht I heard my mither singin', and kent by that that the ither was a dream.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for syne


adverb, preposition, conjunction
a Scot word for since
Word Origin
C14: probably related to Old English sīth since


(transitive) to rinse; wash out
a rinse
Word Origin
C14: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for syne

as in Burns' poem "Auld Lang Syne" (1788) is recorded from c.1300, Scottish form of since (q.v.), without the adverbial genitive inflection.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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