Definitions

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  • n. certes; verily

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A word used only in the phrases by my certie, my certie, a kind of oath, equivalent to by my faith, by my conscience, or in good troth.

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Examples

  • But my certie, lad, thought I, times are changed since ye came fleeing down the back stairs of auld

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • ‘Ma certie, I should just think so,’ cried McIntosh, rubbing his head with his handkerchief.

    Madame Midas

  • (She lowered her voice.) "Ye mun ken, Sir, that o 'a' the leddies frae the Lammermuir, that hae been comin 'and gaen, there was an auld rudas wife this fair, an' I'm certie she's witched the yill; and ye mun just look into ye'r buiks, an 'tak off the withchin!"

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 13, No. 364, April 4, 1829

  • "Tak 'your certie o' that my braw callant," said I, "ne'er sail it be tauld o 'Jamie Mc-Dougall, that he steeked his door again the puir and hauseless, an the bluidy sleuth hounds be on ye they'se find it ill aneugh I trow to get an inkling o' ye frae me, I'se sune shaw 'em the cauld shouther."

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 289, December 22, 1827

  • "Ma certie, lad," said King James, "ye maunay learn that there is nae rule wi'out its aicciptions."

    The Children's Book of Christmas Stories

  • Quite an interesting crowd when you come to think of it, for its size and babel of tongues! but, my certie!

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah

  • "Maybe he was," said her husband, leering; "but you needna cast it at us, for, my certie, if the men got it frae him in the forenoon, the women got it in the afternoon."

    The Little Minister

  • 'Ma certie, I should just think so,' cried McIntosh, rubbing his head with his handkerchief.

    Madame Midas

  • "An 'says I to her:' Meg Kissock, ye're a bonny woman, 'says I.' My certie, but ye hae e'en like spunkies [will-o'-the-wisps] or maybes," said Saunders in a meditative tone.

    The Lilac Sunbonnet

  • When you preach, we a 'ken the word o' God's safe in your hands; but when thae young birkies tak it in haun, my certie, but it taks us a 'to look after them [183].'

    Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character

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