from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Own self.

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  • noun Scotland, obsolete self


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  • Her nainsell will do ye mair credit than ever belonged to your kin.

    The Fair Maid of Perth 2008

  • “And so her nainsell would, and never fash you for the matter; but it is said, Gow Chrom, that you sing and whistle tunes over the swords and harnishes that you work, that have power to make the blades cut steel links as if they were paper, and the plate and mail turn back steel lances as if they were boddle prins?”

    The Fair Maid of Perth 2008

  • “If her nainsell be hammer man herself, her nainsell may make her nain harness,” replied Henry.

    The Fair Maid of Perth 2008

  • Dougal underwent another and very close examination, in which he steadfastly asserted the truth of what he had before affirmed; and being rebuked on account of the suspicious and dangerous appearance of the route by which he was guiding them, he answered with a sort of testiness that seemed very natural, “Her nainsell didna mak ta road; an shentlemans likit grand roads, she suld hae pided at Glasco.”

    Rob Roy 2005

  • "Hauld, hauld, 'tis the gudeman his nainsell," shreighed Janet, when the stranger drapping the point o 'the sword, clingit till my hand, and while the scauding tear draps tricklit adoun his face prigged me to fend him.

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

  • "'Er nainsell wad rather' ave a new pair o 'progues," said he.

    The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough

  • ` ` Her nainsell muckle obliged till the Bailie's honour, '' replied

    Rob Roy 1887

  • ` ` Her nainsell didna mak ta road; an shentlemans likit grand roads, she suld hae pided at Glasco. ''

    Rob Roy 1887

  • Would it be so, were the Gael to allege, that "her nainsell had coupit you by a pig kick on her preach?"

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott 1812

  • "Her nainsell has eaten the town pread at the Cross o 'Glasgow, and py her troth she'll fight for Bailie Sharvie at the Clachan of Aberfoil -- tat will she e'en!"

    Rob Roy — Complete Walter Scott 1801


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