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adverb, preposition, conjunction Scot. and North England.
  1. since.
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Origin of syne

1300–50; Middle English (north) seine, syn, contraction of sethen since; see sith
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Historical Examples

  • He spak straucht oot the day, and I did the same, and angert him; and syne he angert me.'

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

  • Ye maun learn to ken him, Francie, and syne ye'll be feart at naething!'

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

  • Ay, it micht mak them humble to see hoo foolish they are syne.

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie

  • "Weel, it's forty-one years syne come Michaelmas," said Jess.

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie

  • Syne, ye ne'er saw the bit dog's like for a bairn that'd haen a lickin'.

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Eleanor Atkinson

British Dictionary definitions for syne



adverb, preposition, conjunction
  1. a Scot word for since
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Word Origin

C14: probably related to Old English sīth since



  1. (tr) to rinse; wash out
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  1. a rinse
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Word Origin

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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