sawney

1. noun /ˈsɔːni/
2. adjective /ˈsɔːni/

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  • Sawney — m Scottish: variant of SANDY (SEE Sandy), resulting from a pronunciation reflected also in the surname Saunders. The name declined in popularity in the 19th and 20th centuries, perhaps as a result of its use as a vocabulary word for a fool …   First names dictionary

  • Sawney — Sandie/y or Sawney was an English nickname for a Scotsman, now obsolete, and playing much the same linguistic role that Jock does now. Variations included Sanders and Sannock. The name is a Lowland Scots diminutive of the favourite Scottish first …   Wikipedia

  • Sawney — Recorded in several spellings including Sawny, Sawney and apparently Sawnwy, this is an English surname. It is locational and seemingly originates from a now lost pre medieval village called Saurr eg or similar, and meaning the muddy island ( eg) …   Surnames reference

  • sawney —  liquor. A man is said to have got a sup of SAWNEY, when a little fuddled. York …   A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • Sawney — noun a) A diminutive of the male given name Alexander, of Scots origin. b) A Scotsman …   Wiktionary

  • Sawney — a Scotsman …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • sawney — Saw·ney || sɔːnɪ n. (English) fool, idiot …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sawney — saw·ney …   English syllables

  • sawney — /ˈsɔni/ (say sawnee) adjective Also, sorney. 1. sentimental. 2. weak; effeminate. –noun Also, sawn. 3. a fool; simpleton. {originally British English derogatory term for a Scotsman; Scottish variant of Sandy, shortened form of Alexander} …   Australian English dictionary

  • sawney —    See jockey …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

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