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[mahn, mawn] /mɑn, mɔn/
auxiliary verb, Scot.
must1 .
Also, man.
Origin of maun
1325-75; Middle English (north and Scots) man < Old Norse man, earlier mun must, shall, will Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Noo, Beenie Walkinshaw, said she, I maun put you to the straights o a question.

    The Entail John Galt
  • A man may woo where he will, but maun wed where his weird is.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • There maun be some truth in thae auld stories aboot a deevil; he hed an awfu' grup o' me the end o' that year.

  • Every wight has his weird, and we maun a' dee when our day comes.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • But I maun awa up to St. Anthony's, and get ane o' the brethren.

  • “But it maun be,” she said to herself, as she went to the door of the manse.

    Janet McLaren W.H.G. Kingston
  • I maun have ye back, lad; I will not be knocking my hands to pieces doing two mens work to please any man.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
  • “Aweel, we maun just dee, then,” said Peter in a tone of resignation.

    Hunted and Harried R.M. Ballantyne
  • She'll turn up some day, nae doot; we maun jist wait till she does.'

    The Guinea Stamp Annie S. Swan
  • To Him we maun flee the moment oor eyes are opent to what we've been aboot!

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for maun


/mɑːn; mɔːn/
a dialect word for must1
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse man must, will
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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