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Luve, n. Also: luv, luwe; leuve; louve; loove, loowe; lov, low(e, loive. [Early ME. luve, ME. and e.m.E. love, lowe (1422), loove: cf. Lufe n.1 and Lo.]

1. Love as a state of feeling, in senses of Lufe n. 1. a (a) For luwe or than for threte; Wynt. v. 509.
Quhen Alysandyr oure Kyng wes dede, That Scotland led in luwe [W. luf] and le; Ib. vii. 3620.
[That the parties] sal continew and persevoir in perfyt luv; 1526–7 Lamont P. 36.
That man … quhome thow hes embraceit in grete veneratioun and luwe; Winȝet II. 33/17.
Quhat was done for luue of thair cuntrie; Dalr. II. 284/11.
The Scotis hartes … to bind til him in perpetual feruour and sueit luue; Ib. 336/14.
(b) He gaif him sic ane favour and a loue; Alex. (Taym.) 583.
Alexander persauand in him love; Ib. 635.
Ib. 2065.
[The Romans] nocht desyrit bot love freindschip and peace; Ib. 2596.
To will the loue of lordis; Ib. 2914.
The feruent loue that ȝour grace baris touart … ȝour only dochtir; Compl. 3/17.
Our godlie werks of mercy and of loue; Lauder Minor P. iii. 114.
The auld freindschip, lang and mutuall lowe haid betuix ws … and ȝow; 1578 Conv. Burghs I. 56.
Thay help ȝow not for loue thay haue to ȝow; Maitl. Q. xxv. 73.
Tochar guide … to be gevin vnto the King of Scotland to augment his lowe and kyndnes vnto him; Pitsc. I. 239/5.
The dispositione bears for love and favour; 1650 Laing MSS. I. 253.
Lou and faithfulness is remouit out of this land; Honours Scotl. 121.
(c) Hartlie thanks for expressing your loive … to our towne; 1628 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 294.
(d) My loowe and dewtie remembered; 1630 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 319.
b (a) Off God or man but luve or lawe; Wynt. v. 742.
In the feir and luue of our God and nychtbour; Winȝet I. 78/31.
With sa grete luue of the sanctis; Ib. II. 34/7.
(b) Throw loue ore grace; Ratis R. 1199.
His der lestand lowe; Wall. vi. 104.
Ay sic lote is linked with his love; Maitl. Q. xlvi. 23.
But gif sa be … that we haue na love nor liking to him; R. Bruce Serm. 127.
(c) The louve that I beir to Godis glorie and to the poore; 1602 Glasgow Merchants House 15.
c (1) Thai halde alsua this Venus wes Off luve lady and goddes; Wynt. i. 1560.
On ane off thai scho set hyr luwe; Ib. v. 1454.
In luvis court anis did I dwell; Dunb. xlvii. 26.
A luvis thocht; Ib. 68.
Than in hett luve thay talkit vderis till; Freiris Berw. 169.
Bann. MS. 255/25.
Ane change … from bukis of prayer To ballattis of luue; 1581 Burne Cath. Tract. 171/30.
(b) Byrnyng in loues fyre; Lanc. 1090.
Who hath in to the chen Of low yhour hart? Ib. 2374.
The lowe quhich long hath ben in to her thocht; Ib. 2397.
With thrist of love so … insatiabill; Clar. ii. 1868.
Sen thow [so] well in me hed spyed … My double lowe; Fowler I. 37/25.
Ib. 62/114.
(c) The freyndlie loove was sa heighlie contracted be this great princes towart hir enorme subject; Hist. Jas. VI 9.
(2) And that wes done agane the lawe For luwe off woman, or for awe; Wynt. v. 552.
All thir birdis that syngand heir for luve is; Liber Plusc. 382.
For luve of hir lawchand lippis he walit; Gyre-carling 6.
Scho walde nocht lene to me For luwe the taile ende of hir e; a 1510 Aberd. Univ. Rev. XXXVI. 47.
(3) Schawing that thou was in love with the said Elizabeth, quhilk thou knew perfytlie vald be thy deid; c 1601 Dalyell Darker Superst. 205.
(4) proverbs. As gud luve cumis as gais; Stewart Bann. MS. 252 b/48;
Scott xxvii. 29; Ferg. Prov. MS. No. 170.
Ȝit I must say, as sooth men oft hes said: Love maks the choyce, bot Fortun maks the cha[nce]; Montg. Misc. P. xxxii. 8;
Ib. 36.
Love hes na lack; Ferg. Prov. (1641) No. 576.
Love may meikle, hut money may mair; Carmichael Prov. No. 1083.
(5) attrib. [I must forgo Love-liking, and man-hood all clean; Sir Eger 775.]
Christ is God's highest love-gift; Rutherford Tryal Faith 379.
I … am troubled with love-brashes and love-fevers; 1637 Id. Lett. (1862) I. 456.
Manie love words she useth to Bothwell in this letter; Calderwood II. 342.

2. A lover. = Lufe n.1 2. (a) Wyth hyr luwe scho past off land; Wynt. vi. 475.
Is none sa trew a luve as he That for trew luve of ws did de; Dunb. xlvii. 79.
Ib. 70.
He … said, ‘My awin luve deir’; Freiris Berw. 156.
Troyallus … Still waittand for his luvis returne; Bann. MS. 243 b/45.
(b) Lat euerie one chuse thame thair lauchfull loue [: aboue]; Lauder Minor P. v. 31.
Than did my lowe, my iem and ioy, speik so; Fowler I. 96/375.
(c) Sa take some pitty on your leuve; Stuart Joco-Ser. Disc. 30.

3. a. A kind of crape or gauze, used for mournings. b. Love of the mist, ? id. c. Attrib. in love-hude, -pock, -vaill. ? Orig. a. ‘mourning-stuff, mourning’, and c. ‘mourning-hood’, then ‘hood of mourning-stuff’, ‘hood of crape’. e.m.E. had love-hood (1663, 1747) as the name of the stuff, crape for mourning, and mod. Eng. love (1751– ) id. or a border of this, love-ribbon (19th c.) ‘narrow gauze ribbon … employed to tie on crape hat-hands when worn at funerals’ (Caulfeild & Saward Dict. Needlework s.v.). a. xvj ȝairds and ane half of low; 1648 Edinb. Test. LXIV. 36.
For a murneing tippett of thrie ellis and 3 halff quarteris of brod love at 3 pound 12s. per elne; Household Bks. Archb. Sharp MS. 25 b.
Tuo ellis of love for a hatt band … at 3 lib. the ell; Ib. 29.
1667 Edinb. Test. LXXIII. 60 b.
Funerall … two ellis of broad love to cover the helmit ¥04 16 00; 1685 Soc. Ant. LVIII. 350.
Tuo pices midlen love, 1 ps. silk creep; 1688 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. XIII. 310.
1½ ells plain mushlin … ½ ells ditto stripped … 2¾ ells Italian love; 1690 Berw. Old Doc. Fol. . No. 35.
b. xij dussane and ane half of love of the mist estimat all to xlv lib. … fyve elnes and ane half of silk & silver ribbines; 1651 Edinb. Test. LXV. 225 h.
c (1) Ane taffatie hood ¥2 6s.; Item, loue pock ¥2; 1641 Thanes of Cawdor 305.
Aucht crowned taffettie hudis … , tuentie sex littell love poikis estimat all to xx lib. xvj s.; 1643 Edinb. Test. LX. 234.
Sextene love hudis at xxxij s. the peice, … sex vther love hudis; Ib.
Four love hoods at xliiij s. the peice; 1646 Ib. LXI. 303 b.
A large crowned love hood; 1646–8 Thanes of Cawdor 306.
1648 (see Lacet ppl. a. b.)
1654 Edinb. Test. LXVIII. 39 b.
(2) Ane love vaill and ane creap one; 1687 Montgomery Mem. 339.

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