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or mes·sin

[mes-uh n]
noun Scot.
  1. a lap dog; small pet dog.
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Origin of messan

First recorded in 1490–1500, messan is from the Scots Gaelic word measàn pet
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Examples from the Web for messan

Historical Examples

  • You would not consent to put forth your father's poor dog, and would you use me waur than a messan?

    Guy Mannering, or The Astrologer, Complete, Illustrated

    Sir Walter Scott

  • Hardly a tyke or messan but's awa' to Peden to get her whaulpies named at the Holy Linn!