blin

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English blinnen, from Old English blinnan (to stop, cease), from Proto-Germanic *bilinnaną (to turn aside, swerve from), from Proto-Indo-European *ley-, *leya- (to deflect, turn away, vanish, slip), equivalent to be- +‎ lin. Cognate with Old High German bilinnan (to yield, stop, forlet, give away), Old Norse linna (Swedish dialectal linna, to pause, rest).

Verb[edit]

blin (third-person singular simple present blins, present participle blinning, simple past blinned or blan, past participle blinned or blun)

  1. (obsolete) To cease from.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.v:
      nathemore for that spectacle bad, / Did th'other two their cruell vengeaunce blin [...].
  2. (archaic or dialectal) To stop, desist; to cease to move, run, flow, etc., let up.
    • 1880, Margaret Ann Courtney, English Dialect Society, Glossary of words in use in Cornwall:
      A child may cry for half an hour, and never blin ; it may rain all day, and never blin ; the train ran 100 miles, and never blinned.
    • 1908, John Masefield, A sailor's garland:
      Thus blinned their boast, as we well ken

Noun[edit]

blin

  1. (obsolete) cessation; end

Etymology 2[edit]

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From Russian блин (blin, pancake, flat object).

  1. A blintz.

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