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See also: Blin, blín, and блин



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). See also lin.


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

  1. (obsolete, especially Scotland, Northumbria, Yorkshire) To cease (from); to stop; to desist, to let up.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.v:
      nathemore for that spectacle bad, / Did th'other two their cruell vengeaunce blin [...].
    • 1846, Moses Aaron Richardson, The Borderer's Table Book: Or, Gatherings of the Local History and Romance of the English and Scottish Border, VI, 46:
      One while the little foot page went, / And another while he ran; / Until he came to his journey's end / The little foot page never blan.
    • 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



  1. (obsolete) Cessation; end.

Etymology 2[edit]

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



  1. A blintz.





blin (feminine singular blin, plural blinion, equative blined, comparative blinach, superlative blinaf)

  1. tired, weary
  2. tiresome, wearisome
  3. troubling, troublesome, distressing
  4. (North Wales) angry, cross, mad
    Dw i'n flin am y ddamwain.
    I'm cross about the accident.
  5. (South Wales) sorry
    W i'n flin am y ddamwain.
    I'm sorry about the accident.
    Mae'n flin 'da fi.
    I'm sorry.

Derived terms[edit]


Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
blin flin mlin unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.


  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950-), “blin”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies