from The Century Dictionary.
- To pine; decline, especially by sickness; fade or waste: usually with away.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- intransitive verb Obs. or Prov. Eng. To waste away; to pine; to languish.
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- verb archaic except in Scotland and dialects To
wither, decline, pineaway.
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Glossary: hail = whole fient = hardly straucht = straight dwine = dwindle forfochten = worn out abrede = spread tae gar = to make warldis = all the world remeid = relief mirk = darkness thir = these dule = misery leal = loyal soothfu = truthful
Audoin the Lombard (O.E. E.dwine), father of Alboin, 67
-- Weel, whether it was 'at their herts was ower muckle wrappit up i' this ae human cratur for the growth o 'their sowls, I dinna ken -- there bude to be some rizzon for't -- this last ane o' a 'begud in his turn to dwine an' dwin'le like the lave; an 'whaurever thae twa puir fowk turnt themsel's i' their pangs, there stude deith, glowerin 'at them oot o' his toom e'en.
These covenants are turned skeletons, fearsome and affrighting, and former respect to them is like gradually to dwine away under a consumption.
"I vill not dwine aroundt no heart vat shmells zo shtrong mit shmoke!