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Sumquhat, Som(e)quhat, pron. and adv. Also: -quhatt, -quhate, -what, (sunckat), (somethat). [ME and e.m.E. summwhatt (Orm), sumwhet, -hwat (a1225), sumquat (Cursor M.), sum-what (1350); Sum(e adj. and Quhat pron., adv.]

A. pron. 1. Some (material or non-material) thing, without specification. (a) Gif me some Of ȝour mete … And of sum-quhate do grace me till; Troy-bk. ii 2541.
Gefe ye thame sumquhat to ete; Nisbet Matth. xiv 16.
He had spoken with Sir James Ramsay [etc.] … and had gotten sumwhat out of euery one of thame; 1631 Justiciary Cases I 179.
(b) He also said he had spoken with the Loird Seaford and had understuid somquhat frome him; 1631 Justiciary Cases I 179.
(c) Butt I man have somewhat of everie ane of yow to begyn my pack agane; Knox I 44.
The said Jonet … followed William Brown, sclater, … to crave somewhat; 1650 Lanark Presb. 79.
I thought you had takin the pett [pr. pelt] at somewhat, not having heard from yow; 1661 Lauderdale P. I 75.
The Kirk may be sometimes in a case that can neither be dark nor clear … but, as it were, somewhat in her case that looks dark like and somewhat … that looks bright and lightsome like; Welsh Churches Paradox 5.
When all seemed to be over … they observed some what (ilke piece after another) droped out of his mouth, quhilk the advocats on the other side said it was the Test; 1682 Lauder Observes App. iv 304.
Andrew Ewmond … espyed the said William with his mad on his back and somewhat in it; 1696 Peebles B. Rec. II 155.
(d) I'll rowne ye sunckat in your ear; G. Stuart Joco-Ser. Disc. 14.

b. Const. of: Some part, portion, degree or amount. You know somewhat of his natour, and I dar ondertake that he is no dissemblar; 1560 Cal. Sc. P. I 510.
We might meit with sumquhatt off trouble from that airthe; 1661 Red Bk. Grandtully II 155.
These armes (cute by art & tools it seems beyond humane) have somwhat of the nature of thunder-bolt; Kirk Secr. Commonw. (1964) 246.

c. Somequhat else, something else, some other thing. For if it were tenderness it would be kything in somequhat else; 1680 Soc. Ant. XLV 248.

2. A person or thing of some importance. A foul slut under ane blak hat seimes somquhat; Ferg. Prov. MS No. 213.
It speaketh somewhat when our Lord bloweth the bloom off our daft hopes in this life; Rutherford Lett. (1862) I 241.

B. adv. A little, slightly; rather; to some extent.

a. Modifying a verb. Quhen that thai war thair Sumquhat refettyd thai gan fair To seike thar lord; Troy-bk. ii 1766.
This taill is mingit with moralitie, As I sall schaw sum quhat or that I ceis; Henr. Fab. 2204 (Harl.).
When that he felt the vatter that vas cold, He wonk, and … thinkith how he sumquhat haith mysgon; Lanc. 1058.
This cuntre contenis fra the north and sumquhat to the north est departis of the space fra the ryver of Tanais [etc.]; Asl. MS I 166/17.
My colleg has disgracit himself sumquhat; 1583 Colville Lett. 34.
As I am encouragit sumquhat be example, so I am not a lytill heirto inforcit by ressoun; Fowler II 10/4.
They playit sumquhat with gritter libertie, then … became the grauitie of the persons, or sinceritie of Christiane religioun; Fowler II 54/28.
The Justice-Generall was also somewhat shoired and the Register searched in his house; 1639 Baillie I 220.

b. Modifying an adjective, adverb or prepositional phrase. (1) When I sall have tyme (whiche now is sumquhatt precious unto me) to peruse that werk; Knox II 26.
The taist is sumquhat vnplesand, as gif it wer brint with irin; Skeyne Descr. Well Sig. A 3.
[The Lord [John] Hamilton is] sumquhat seik; 1584–5 Cal. Sc. P. VII 555.
His lordship is sumquhat miscontent with that article; 1597 Moysie xxiv.
The beginning [of the voyage] wes sumquhat haird, be reason of the hawy disease his Lordschip faill in; 1610 7th Rep. Hist. MSS App. 723/1.
Though the stuff and spinning be often somewhat rapploch; 1658 R. Moray Lett. 116.
I am somwhat seiklie … by reason of my longsom and duyneing decease; 1662 Edinb. Test. LXX 301.
He walk'd in state, tho somewhat wide, Ye know what makes some gallants stride; Cleland 14.
Ane … horse, somquhat wyd lugged; 1696 Corshill Baron Ct. 191.
(b) Pretty mottoes and sayings … stuffed with good moralitie, tho somethat pedantick; 1667–70 Lauder Jrnl. 189.
(2) Bot sche eschewed, as he thocht, Sum-quhat abak; Troy-bk. ii 2835.
The myddis of the erth is iijm ijc & xlv myle and sumquhat our as it war half a myle; Asl. MS I 154/11.
Thus we mak ane end of the first command quhilk we haif declarit to you sumquhat largelie; Hamilton Cat. 59.
Ȝit dar I nocht in commoun place be sene Lest I be clethit sum quhat gorgiouslie; Arbuthnot in Maitl. F. 52/102.
(3) Sumquhat affore fresche Phebus vperysing; Lynd. Mon. 128.
Mony injurious wordis sumquhat in contempt of our soverane lord; 1578 Reg. Privy C. III 35.

c. With comparatives. Ȝhit will I tell ȝow neuirtheles Somwhat mare of that maiden fre; Troy-bk. i 479.
If it shal happen that I be sumwhates [sic in pr.] longer than ye wold wishe, werie not … to reid it to the end; Ferg. Tracts 6.
[He] somewhat more boldly then the rest, exhorted the Pope that [etc.]; 1563 Ferg. Tracts 52.
It appeiris to me, that we have sumquhat more to say; Bann. Memor. 126.
The bischop of Morray who as elimoysinar rode besyde the bischop of London, sumwhat narrer the King; Spalding I 37.
That the publick worship on the Lord's day may begin somequhat sooner forenoon than ten of the clock; 1699 Sc. Ant. XIII 79.

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"Sumquhat pron., adv.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 17 Feb 2019 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/sumquhat>



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