• timpeac

    Senior Member
    English (England)
    It means "do not" and is usually taken to represent Scottish pronunciation. Eg "I dinna ken" "I don't know".


    Senior Member
    USA / Native Language: English
    whodunit said:
    What does the word "dinna" mean? "Is it a compound of "I did not know" like "dunno" of "I do not know"? Any suggestions?

    It is just way to say ''I don't '' (with a Scotish accent). As you say, sort of like ''I dunno''. For a similar example, I have a friend, born and raised in California who says "I dint" for ''I didn't''. This kind of thing often requires context. Otherwise give native speakers little trouble.

    Perhaps one of our foreos from Scotland can tell us more.