- Scot. and Irish English. rent paid in kind, especially a percentage of a farm crop.
- the first son of Adam and Eve, who murdered his brother Abel. Gen. 4.
- a murderer.
- raise Cain, Slang.
- become angry or violent: He’ll raise Cain when he finds out I lost his watch.
- to behave in a boisterous manner; cause a disturbance: The students raised Cain while the teacher was out.
- James M.,1892–1977, U.S. novelist.
- history (in Scotland and Ireland) payment in kind, usually farm produce paid as rent
- the first son of Adam and Eve, who killed his brother Abel (Genesis 4:1–16)
- raise Cain
- to cause a commotion
- to react or protest heatedly
elder son of Adam and Eve, from Hebrew Qayin, literally “created one,” also “smith,” from Semitic stem q-y-n “to form, to fashion.” To raise Cain is first recorded 1840. Surnames McCain, McCann, etc., are a contraction of Irish Mac Cathan “son of Cathan,” from Celtic cathan, literally “warrior,” from cath “battle.”
see raise Cain.