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syne

[ sahyn ]
/ saɪn /
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adverb, preposition, conjunction Scot. and North England.

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Origin of syne

1300–50; Middle English (north) seine, syn, contraction of sethen since; see sith
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British Dictionary definitions for syne (1 of 2)

syne1

syn

/ (səɪn) /

adverb, preposition, conjunction

a Scot word for since

Word Origin for syne

C14: probably related to Old English sīth since

British Dictionary definitions for syne (2 of 2)

syne2

synd

/ (səɪn) Scot /

verb

(tr) to rinse; wash out

noun

a rinse

Word Origin for syne

C14: of uncertain origin
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