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[ye-streen] /yɛˈstrin/ Scot. and North England
yesterday evening; last evening.
during yesterday evening.
Origin of yestreen
1325-75; Middle English. See yester-, even2 Unabridged
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  • I am what ye cal a Raadical, and yestreen I recorded my vote for yon man Stocks.

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
  • The bairn was never found though, but it seems like yestreen.

  • yestreen, etc.: This is the principal passage in the Comedy for fixing the date of the journey.

  • yestreen we had rather a hard bout of it in the Tent—the Glenlivet was pithy—and our Tail sustained a total overthrow.

  • “Ou, just yestreen, after tey-time—afore ye cam hame yoursell galloping sae fast,” said old Joseph.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • yestreen a falling star had warned her that she was to lose her bhoy, and had I not seen that face in the windy last night?

    A Man in the Open Roger Pocock
  • Gosh, it canna be Templandmuir; he was there no later than yestreen!

    The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown
  • That was how things stood a couple of weeks syne, but yestreen I heard what may make the change wanted.

    An Orkney Maid Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Why, the son of the poor woman who cried beneath your kind master's window the night before yestreen'.

    The Black Douglas S. R. Crockett
  • I was keepin' some bonnie berries for ye that the maister gied me yestreen; but maybe ye wouldna min' if I gied them to Kirsty?

    Morag Janet Milne Rae
British Dictionary definitions for yestreen


(Scot) yesterday evening
Word Origin
C14: from yest(e)r- + e(v)en²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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