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adverbEnglish Regional, Irish English, Scottish, Northern
Astray; aside, to one side; in a slanting or sloping direction; obliquely.
prepositionEnglish Regional, Irish English, Scottish, Northern
Across in a slanting direction; = "aslant".
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Gilbert Hay (c1397–c1465), soldier and poet. Probably either (i) from a- + sklent, perhaps as a reduced form of on sklent.
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