transitive verb

chiefly Scottish : to hold back, conceal, or disguise (information)

intransitive verb

chiefly Scottish : to refrain from telling something

Word History


Middle English laynen, from Old Norse leyna to conceal; akin to Old English lȳgnan to deny, Old High German lougnen, Gothic laugujan to deny, Old Norse ljūga to lie, tell a lie

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“Layne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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