Meaning of dinna in English:


(also dinnae)

Pronunciation /ˈdɪnə/


Scottish form of don't
‘dinna break your heart’
  • ‘I dinna think so’
  • ‘‘I dinnae mind them breaking the law but ah wisnae hivvin’ ony of that bloody nonsense in the back o’ ma cab,’ he declared indignantly.’
  • ‘St Andrews, by the way, vies with the Borders - scene of so many ancient battles - for inclusion on the list, with Craig confessing: ‘Really, there's no’ a part of Scotland we dinnae like.’’
  • ‘She's a tiny one, so I figured him being from the U.S. of A and aw he'd want the biggest one we hud, so I called oot to him ‘Oi ya yank, dinnae you be takin’ that wee ewe awa wi’ yu.’’
  • ‘Went to a pub across from the Cavalry club, there two men (One was bald on top but looked impish) ran in, with a camera, and hid downstairs for a bit, before surfacing with ‘Aye Frankie man s awright, dinnae worry, cmoan’.’
  • ‘‘Och,’ she said, ‘I dinnae ken onything aboot that.’’
  • ‘If people dinnae like whit we say, there's plenty o’ other churches for them to join.’’
  • ‘‘They request pictures - ten by eights, which dinnae come cheap - and say: ‘When will we see you back?’’
  • ‘But he'll make sure thae luvvies dinnae spend aw ra dosh.’
  • ‘I'm a heavy sleeper so I dinnae lie awake worrying.’
  • ‘Finally, when he reached the eighth table and was about to say his piece, one of the group jumped up and said: ‘Och dinnae worry about us, Lord Provost.’’
  • ‘But although the cold voice of Standard English seems quieter, dinnae expect to see Rab C Nesbitt presenting the 10 o'clock news just yet, says Roz Paterson’
  • ‘If you didn't drink, it was reckoned there was something wrong with you. ‘What, you dinnae drink?’
  • ‘He nodded upwards and added: ‘It's just the mannie up above dinnae like us.’’
  • ‘‘When you get addicted to it, you dinnae want to come off it,’ says Ian (not his real name).’
  • ‘‘I dinnae know any of the words so I just sang the Sash and told them it was about Rob Roy,’ he said.’
  • ‘You do not have to be at upper secondary school, however, to enjoy the latter, especially if like ‘maist Scottish people ye dinna ken muckle aboot the auld Parliament’.’
  • ‘Turning to the sergeant, she begged him, ‘For the love of heaven, if ye hae ony pity in ye, dinna separate us!’’
  • ‘Ahm frae Glesga so ah dinnae like Embra that much, ken?’
  • ‘‘Och, ye dinna want t'bother wi’ that pathetic wee haddock-tailed excuse for a lassie - she looks far better on the postcards.’
  • ‘Ye dinnae want to go out without warm wool on ye bones.’