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  • adj. Obsolete spelling of certain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete or dialectal form of certain.


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  • "Oh, my golly, Massa Will! ain't dis here my lef 'eye for sartain?" roared the terrified Jupiter, placing his hand upon his right organ of vision, and holding it there with a desperate pertinacity, as if in immediate dread of his master's attempt at a gouge.

    The Gold-Bug

  • "Yes, massa, him dead as de door-nail — done up for sartain — done departed dis here life."

    The Gold-Bug

  • "De bug — I'm berry sartain dat Massa Will bin bit somewhere bout de head by dat goole-bug."

    The Gold-Bug

  • But, be he who he will, sartain it is, a has nothing of the gentleman about en; for, thof a asked such a favour, a never once put hand in pocket, or said, ‘Dog, will you drink?’

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • I vow she would fain have a burd That bids such a price for an owl. but, for sartain, he must have dealt with some Scotch musician to bring her to this pass — As for me, I put my trust in the

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • “Sartain! sartain,” the miller replied, lifting a broad floury hat and showing a large gray head.


  • "Well, if y'don't know for sartain, you're a damfool to be headin 'along it, ain't you?"

    Flash For Freedom

  • 'Mighty pore, massa; de ma'am war dar lass night and dis mornin', and she reckun'd he's gwine to gwo sartain. '

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 2, February, 1862 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • Josh -- father he'd put out o 'Newport with a sartain tide.

    Cap'n Abe, Storekeeper

  • "Don't you be too sartain sure 'bout it," growled Cap'n Amazon.

    Cap'n Abe, Storekeeper


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