from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An obsolete spelling of deign.
- To disdain.
- To ordain.
- n. Disdain.
- n. Noisome effluvia; stink.
- n. An itinerary unit of Burma, equal to 2.43 statute miles.
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Clerks by the dozen and liveried messengers of the ministries struggle in the press; ladies gather their skirts closely, and try to pick a dainty way where, indeed, there is nothing 'dain' (a word which Doctor Johnson confesses that he could not find in any dictionary, but which he thinks might be very useful); servant girls, smart children with nurses and hoops going up to the
Yu maided mih tu haz a thimk – adn ai noes tahtz dain jerr uss, butt !
He could do a really killer Dr. Gene spoof if he had a little less dain bramage.
All that ego has to be stretching his skull and causing some dain bramage.
Treated myself last night (since I was otherwise dain bread) to one of the books I bought at Lunacon -- Laurie King's The Game, the next in her Mary Russell series.
Mood index: dain bread: The Knack, "My Sharona" (wheee!)
Mood index: dain bread: James Taylor, "Never Die Young"
The elf regarded the two, particularly the kender, with dis - dain.
"All wite, den; we frens 'dain," lisped the mite, putting up his little rosebud mouth so prettily for a kiss, in token of peace and forgiveness on his part, that the nurse could not help giving him another hug.
So pus-sy went back in the bas-ket which had brought the dain-ties.