Definitions

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scottish poet and lyricist, or his writings.
  • n. One who celebrates Burns night.

Etymologies

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Burns +‎ -ian

Examples

  • The setup is quintessentially Burnsian, if you will, and the cast is a delight.

    Kristin McCracken: I'd Call That a Success: Ed Burns on Newlyweds

  • [1] Given Isaac's interest in musical setting of songs, and the brothers 'love of Burns,' Mackniel 'may refer to Hector Macneill, author of rural tales, ballads and songs in the Burnsian manner.

    Letter 96

  • In a Burnsian twist on the sabbath legend, a mere witness to the sexually charged satanic ritual becomes

    National Demons: Robert Burns, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the Folk in the Forest

  • Rebecca has been celebrating Robbie Burns, so I thought I'd put up one of my favorite bits of Burnsian poetry:

    Archive 2005-01-01

  • The question raised by Mills's decision, of course, is that of how Homecoming's Burnsian celebrations might maintain their momentum right throughout the year.

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  • You may not like Rove but you gotta admire the guy's brass balls and Burnsian tactics.

    Stix Blog

  • Central to Ratliff’s success is his avoidance of that most Ken Burnsian of pitfalls: the temptation to apply an evolutionary model when evaluating America’s greatest original art form — a temptation amplified when the subject is the visionary commonly held to be the “last major figure in the evolution of jazz.”

    Cover to Cover

  • The ever dour, fast-talking monotone Monahan made me miss the sly Burnsian-smile of Dimdahl, his skin so smooth and hair perfectly white (or are those hairs transparent, like a polar bear’s?).

    mjh's blog — 2006 — January

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