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[stound, stoond] /staʊnd, stund/
Archaic. a short time; short while.
verb (used with or without object)
Chiefly Scot. to pain; hurt.
Origin of stound
before 1000; (noun) Middle English sto(u)nd, Old English stund space of time; cognate with German Stunde, Old Norse stund hour; (v.) Middle English stunden to stay, remain for a stound, derivative of the noun; akin to stand Unabridged
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  • Suddenly there was a shock and stound all over the vessel, her progress was stopped, and a rocking vibration was felt everywhere.

    A Dark Night's Work Elizabeth Gaskell
  • "Your father is nothing but an ache and a stound to you, lass," Sim would say in a whimper.

  • stound; a stroke that suddenly over-powers and produces faintness.

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
  • I'd be nothing but an ache and a stound to the lass, as I've olas been—nothing but an ache and a stound to them all.

  • I felt a stound of anguish at the words that might in other circumstances have been true but now were so remote from it.

British Dictionary definitions for stound


noun (Brit, dialect)
a short while; instant
a pang or pain
Word Origin
Old English stund; related to Old High German stunta period of time, hour
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