Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The first appearance of day; dawn; dawning.

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  • verb Present participle of daw.
  • noun obsolete, except, Scotland dawn, daybreak

Etymologies

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From daw + -ing.

Examples

  • Weel, there’s ane abune a’—but we’ll see if the red cock craw not in his bonnie barn-yard ae morning before day-dawing.

    Chapter III

  • We killed an ox, in Burgie, about the dawing of the day, and we brought the ox with us home to Aulderne, and did eat all amongst us in an house in

    The Witch-cult in Western Europe A Study in Anthropology

  • She led to the dawing-room: on the way, Tarrant felt a surprise that in so small a house the drawing-room should be correctly situated on the upper floor.

    In the Year of Jubilee

  • Some very prominent persons of the present day are much given to "hum-dawing," which is often a species of conversational hedging.

    The Life of the Fields

  • If any one hacks and haws in speaking, it is called "hum-dawing."

    The Life of the Fields

  • The cawing and dawing rises to a pitch, and then declines; the wood is silent, and it is suddenly night.

    The Life of the Fields

  • English -- ergo, both of us ought to box away the insult with our fists; so "they set a combat us between, to fecht it in the dawing" -- that is, just after breakfast, in the school-room.

    The Martian

  • Weel, there's Ane abune a '; but we'll see if the red cock craw not in his bonnie barn-yard ae morning before day-dawing.'

    Guy Mannering, Or, the Astrologer — Volume 01

  • Weel, there's Ane abune a '; but we'll see if the red cock craw not in his bonnie barn-yard ae morning before day-dawing.'

    Guy Mannering, Or, the Astrologer — Complete

  • Weel, there's Ane abune a '; but we'll see if the red cock craw not in his bonnie barn-yard ae morning before day-dawing.'

    Guy Mannering — Complete

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