Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A dialectal (Scotch) variant of goin' for going.
  • n. A gallon; especially, 12 pounds of butter.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • If it's gaun badly, the last thing they'll need is some tube distractin 'them.'

    It's October, 1956.

  • But this yin's gaun naewhere until I see fresh. pish comin 'oot him the same colour as that.'

    It's October, 1956.

  • ‘Am I no gaun to the ploy, then?’ said Maggie, in a disappointed tone.

    Redgauntlet

  • Tree uv dem warrin leather gaun…gawn… big glubs, trien to holdz him down to getz da neadel owt.

    Gud ting 1 uv u iz docter, - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • “Jenny, I am gaun to change my condition;” but she was relieved by, “Jenny, I am gaun to change my shoon.”

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • “Where is the silly bairn gaun?” said Dumbiedikes; and, laying hold of her hand, he led her into the house.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • “Weel, Jeanie, I am something herse the night, and I canna sing muckle mair; and troth, I think, I am gaun to sleep.”

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • “Haud your peace, ye knave, and hear what I have to say till ye — We are gaun a bit into the Hielands” — “Ye tauld me sae already,” replied the incorrigible

    Rob Roy

  • Garschattachin, “the Dutch were gaun to serve us the same gate, if we had not got the start of them at Utrecht.”

    Rob Roy

  • All old bonds were snapped in a moment; emigration (at first opposed by some of the chiefs) and the French wars depleted the country of its “lang-leggit callants, gaun wanting the breeks.”

    Rob Roy

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