from The Century Dictionary.
- Soft; suave; somewhat deceitful or intended to persuade through excessive blandness.
- Dawdling; idling.
- noun A stupid, easy-going man.
- noun A suave, soft-spoken, artful person.
- noun A Scotsman: a nickname due to the frequent use of the name Alexander in Scotland, or to the characteristic Scotch pronunciation of the abbreviation.
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- noun a
fool, an idiot
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"Girls," suddenly asked Bess, "who ever started that lumberman's slang of 'sawney' for 'greenhorn' up in this hall of acquired good
Edward Morris 5:32 pm: yes. or the tale of sawney beane. mine are from central p.a. the sollenheims
"Have a care, sawney," declared Amelia Boggs sternly.
But the other girls -- at least, some of them -- meant to make the newcomer feel keenly her position as a "sawney."
"Let the sawney climb the ship's taffrail and be plunged into the sea."
"Out on the plank, sawney!" commanded Amelia from below.
Thank you, Miss, said Bob, lifting his cap and showing a delighted face, but immediately relieving himself of some accompanying embarrassment by looking down at his dog, and saying in a tone of disgust, Get out wi you, you thunderin sawney!
Considered to be, as far as any work is, unskilled labour. sawney: silly, gormless scab: see blackleg shout: In a group; to stand (pay for) a round of drinks.
Well, it seemed a silly explanation, but he talked as if he had been weaned by an automatic machine, and I was sawney enough to listen to him.
"Thank you, Miss," said Bob, lifting his cap and showing a delighted face, but immediately relieving himself of some accompanying embarrassment by looking down at his dog, and saying in a tone of disgust, "Get out wi 'you, you thunderin' sawney!"