from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A border; edge; selvage.
  • noun [Roon in this passage is usually explained as ‘vermilion,’ apparently after Halliwell, who defines the Middle English roone, properly ‘roan,’ in one passage as ‘vermilion.’]
  • An obsolete form of roan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • rare Vermilion red; red.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective obsolete red


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  • No that I didna see ony black savages roamin 'roon' as weel; but maist o 'them had some claithes on, like decent Christian folk.

    Miss Dexie A Romance of the Provinces

  • Harper went an 'got it as desired, an' the gentleman took an 'unlockit it, an' roon 'he turnt whaur he stood, an' up he tuik the skull frae the chimley-piece, neither as gien he lo'ed it nor feared it -- as what reason had he to do either?

    Donal Grant, by George MacDonald

  • "I wad raither tell 't i 'the gloamin' roon 'a winter fire," said


  • The Lord preserve's! 'thoucht I,' is he gaein to lie doon wi ''s ain corp?' but he turnt awa ', an' roon 'the fit o' the bed to the ither side o ''t, an' I saw nae mair; an 'for a while, auntie Jean sat her lane wi' the deid, for I lay upo 'the flure, an' naither h'ard nor saw.

    Warlock o' Glenwarlock

  • I doobt I had been greitin mysel '. A' the auld faces cam 'roon' me ilka nicht, Thomas Crann and Jeames Dow and my mother�-whiles ane and whiles anither-�but ye was aye there.

    Alec Forbes of Howglen

  • I won'er gien she believes 'at there's ae great thoucht abune a', an 'aneth a', an 'roon' a ', an' in a'thing.

    The Marquis of Lossie

  • It's the quaiet beuks a 'roon' me that I canna bide.

    Alec Forbes of Howglen

  • In today's Age, Eslake says debt won't "roon" us and that the debt-to-GDP numbers don't convey anything significant.

    The Daily Reckoning Australia

  • Then he turned upon me, his voice full of sad reproof: "I'm no 'what I micht be masel', but I dinna mak 'no profession; but to think I'd catch my ain minister hangin' roon 'a taivern at this time o' nicht.

    St. Cuthbert's

  • "Yon laad Flemin ',' at preached i 'the Baillies' Barn aboot the dowgs gaein 'roon' an 'roon' the wa's o 'the New Jeroozlem, gien he had but hauden thegither an' no gean to the worms sae sune, wad hae dung a score o '' im.

    The Marquis of Lossie


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