• Blin

    Origin 1

    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 - + lin. Cognate with Old High German bilinnan ("to yield, stop, forlet, give away"), Old Norse linna (Swedish dialectal linna, "to pause, rest").

    Full definition of blin


    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



    1. (obsolete) cessation; end

    Origin 2

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

    1. A blintz.


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