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a derogatory word for Scotsman
(also not capital) (informal) a fool
Word Origin
C18: a Scots variant of Sandy, short for Alexander
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  • "An' well you might, Mrs. Grimps," cried Mrs. sawney meaningly.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • "You'll bring some of your traps with you, sawney," said Mr. Carter.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • Mrs. sawney's tone grew in mellowness as her anger increased.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • Well, sawney, it's a bad job, certainly; but I've no doubt you've done your best.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • Mrs. sawney and Mrs. Grimps were too busily occupied to concern themselves with the movements of their neighbour.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • Want them to tell 'Lishe Teachout you're blabbin' about his affairs, you sawney?

  • When, half an hour later, Mrs. sawney returned to No. 9, her expression was even more grim.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • "Good morning, Mrs. Grimps," called Mrs. sawney from her post of vantage.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • Trade thrived, and, ere long, sawney had reason to bless the day he crossed the border.

  • Behind their front doors, Mrs. sawney and Mrs. Grimps waited and watched.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins

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