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[sahyn] /saɪn/
adverb, preposition, conjunction, Scot. and North England.
Origin of syne
1300-50; Middle English (north) seine, syn, contraction of sethen since; see sith Unabridged
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  • Ou, the origin o' cock-fightin' gangs back to the time o' the Greek wars, a thoosand or twa years syne, mair or less.

    A Window in Thrums J. M. Barrie
  • Come in by, bairns, I sent Sandy over to Fernie a while syne.

    Janet's Love and Service Margaret M Robertson
  • I wouldna wonder but what I was lossin' my place some o' thae days, an' syne whaur would ye be?

    A Window in Thrums J. M. Barrie
  • He spak straucht oot the day, and I did the same, and angert him; and syne he angert me.'

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • syne we made over to Holyhead, an' Bell opened the last envelope for the last instructions.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • Ye maun learn to ken him, Francie, and syne ye'll be feart at naething!'

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • "Weel, it's forty-one years syne come Michaelmas," said Jess.

    A Window in Thrums J. M. Barrie
  • Ay, it micht mak them humble to see hoo foolish they are syne.

    A Window in Thrums J. M. Barrie
  • Did she not say that my jerkin fitted neatly when I did act as butler to her adorable Majesty three months syne?

  • He hadna muckle to say, but syne he steppit nearer nearer to the bedside.

    The Men of the Moss-Hags S. R. Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for syne


adverb, preposition, conjunction
a Scot word for since
Word Origin
C14: probably related to Old English sīth since


(transitive) to rinse; wash out
a rinse
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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