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  1. a derogatory word for Scotsman
  2. (also not capital) informal a fool
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Word Origin

C18: a Scots variant of Sandy, short for Alexander
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Examples from the Web for sawney

Historical Examples

  • "You'll bring some of your traps with you, Sawney," said Mr. Carter.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • Well, Sawney, it's a bad job, certainly; but I've no doubt you've done your best.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • Want them to tell 'Lishe Teachout you're blabbin' about his affairs, you sawney?

  • As to me, Sawney, at your service, I think the end of my punishment is not far off.

  • Mrs. Sawney's tone grew in mellowness as her anger increased.

    Mrs. Bindle

    Hebert Jenkins