Origin of syne
1300–50; Middle English (north) seine, syn, contraction of sethen since; see sith
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Examples from the Web for syne
He spak straucht oot the day, and I did the same, and angert him; and syne he angert me.'
Ye maun learn to ken him, Francie, and syne ye'll be feart at naething!'
Ay, it micht mak them humble to see hoo foolish they are syne.
"Weel, it's forty-one years syne come Michaelmas," said Jess.
Syne, ye ne'er saw the bit dog's like for a bairn that'd haen a lickin'.Greyfriars Bobby
- a Scot word for since
C14: probably related to Old English sīth since
- (tr) to rinse; wash out
- a rinse
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.
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