adverb Chiefly Literary.

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Examples from the Web for een

Historical Examples of een

  • "We'll pu' the wool ower the auld wifie's een," he chuckled.

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Eleanor Atkinson

  • And een with pure strength of armes pluckt out his great tuske.

    Roister Doister

    Nicholas Udall

  • And thy licht comes into oor blin' een, and mak's them blinner yet.

    Robert Falconer

    George MacDonald

  • He was of a great stature, an' black as hell, and his een were singular to see.

  • I weell range my own self;—say you een Eengleesh 'arrange my own self'?

    Love in a Cloud

    Arlo Bates

British Dictionary definitions for een


adverb, noun poetic, or archaic

a contraction of even 2, evening
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Word Origin and History for een


variant spelling of even, now archaic or poetic.

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