Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
AUCHT, AUGHT, num.adj.1, cardinal, and n. Sc. forms of eight. (See also Echt.) [ɑxt I.Sc., n.Sc., e. and wm.Sc.]
Sc. 1822 Scott F. Nigel xxvii.:
Seven — aught — aught tines on the antlers. Sh.(D) 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 56:
Aucht year sinsyne. m.Sc. a.1846 A. Rodger Poems (1897) 179:
Trysting sax gallons, or aucht, for himsel'. Ayr. 1792 Burns Gallant Weaver i.:
O, I had wooers aught or nine.
2. n., in various senses: eight o'clock; the figure 8, etc.
Abd. 1922 Abd. Wkly. Press (7 Jan.) 1/1:
The Highland Reel, in which, as the lad said, “Ye cut the figger aucht, trock quines, an' furl.” Lnl. 1910 J. White Eppie Gray 8:
As sune as aucht chaps in the clock The bairns gae aff tae rest.
3. Combs.: (1) With other numerals: aucht an' thretty, aucht an' forty, etc.
Hdg. 1885 “S. Mucklebackit” Rural Rhymes 216:
For the last aucht an' thretty years an' mair.
(2) Aucht byre, a byre for eight cattle.
em.Sc. 1895 (a) “I. Maclaren” Days of Auld Lang Syne 100:
It's an aucht byre.
(3) Aucht-day, adj. and n., (an) eight-day (clock).
Sc.  Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) II. 95:
The short and lang haun o' our aught-day clock. Edb. 1894 P. H. Hunter J. Inwick 179:
Aye takin anither look at the auld aucht-day in the corner.
(4) Aucht days, a week; often used as a sing. noun, an aucht days.
Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems 173:
This aught days twice o'er tell'd I'll whistle nane. Bnff. 1932 2 :
I'll be wi' ye Sunday come aucht days. Id.:
She lost her laddie on — lat me see — Monday wiz aucht days. Abd.(D) 1882 W. Alexander Life Among my Ain Folk 54:
I'll be back again gin an aucht days.
(5) Aughtnights, a week (cf. fortnight).
Sc. 1819 J. Rennie St Patrick I. xv. 216:
Our bit curragh's no that rackle sin it got a stane on Monanday was aughtnights.
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