syne

1 of 2

adverb

chiefly Scotland
: since then : ago

syne

2 of 2

conjunction or preposition

Scotland
: since

Examples of syne in a Sentence

Adverb a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson that begins with “From the bonny bells of heather / They brewed a drink long syne

Word History

Etymology

Adverb

Middle English (northern), probably contraction of Old English siththan since — more at since

First Known Use

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Conjunction Or Preposition

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of syne was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near syne

Cite this Entry

“Syne.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/syne. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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