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BID, v. and n.1

1. v.

(1) To invite; arch. or dial. in Eng. (N.E.D.). Gen.Sc. Sh. 1908  Jak. (1928);
4 1934:
De cat isbiddin' in,” the cat “invites”: raises one of its hind-legs, while in a sitting posture, and licks its tail, which is supposed to foretell the coming of visitors.
Sh.(D) 1931  J. J. H. Burgess in Sh. Almanac Companion 186:
Neist day wis Monanday, an' da folk wis biddin' ta da weddin'.
Ork. 1905  W. T. Dennison Ork. Weddings and W. Customs 27:
On the second week of the proclamation of banns, the wedding guests were invited to meet at the bride's father's house, on Thursday of the following week about 10 o'clock forenoon. This was called “Bidding the folk.”
Abd. 1928  N. Shepherd Quarry Wood v.:
Ye were bidden to tea an' ye'll bide to tea.
Ags. 1896  A. Blair Rantin Robin and Marget 10:
She was sayin that that fule, Mistress Gooslin, is to hae a tea pairty at Christenmas, an' she's no to bid oor neebor nor me till't.

(2) To desire. Ayr. publ. 1834  Burns Ep. to Major W. Logan (Cent. ed.) viii.:
We, cheek for chow, shall jog thegither — I'se ne'er bid better!

Phr.: to bid the time o' day, “to say good-morning, or any similar salutation” (Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.).

2. n. (See quot.) Sh. 1934 4 ;
D. J. Beattie in Eskdale and Langholm Advertiser (Nov.) 4:
Bid, an invitation to a wedding.

Comb.: fiddler's-bid, “a late invitation to a wedding” (Ib.).

[O.Sc. bid, byd, etc., to request, command, invite, from O.E. biddan, to pray, but also partly representing O.E. bēodan, to offer, to announce, invite, challenge to a fight. See Bad, v.1]

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