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DIR, Der(e), Deir, Daer, Dyr, adv., poss. adj. Sh. and Ork. forms of Eng. there, their (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., daer, dyr; 1914 Angus Gl., der). See P.L.D. § 165. Also used as reduced form of there is, there are, they are (see Dey, adv.). Sh. 1836  Gentleman's Mag. II. 593:
Dere tellan mee itt duz giaan awa till a unkan ples whaar dere nethin bitt neggirs.
Sh. 1898  “Junda” Klingrahool 6:
Whan dey liftet der faces ta ljook at da sky, Or boo'd doon der heads whan da wind wis high.
Sh. 1914  Angus Gl. 170:
Whan tieves casts ut honest folk gets dern ain [der nain].
Sh. 1916  J. J. H. Burgess Rasmie's Smaa Murr (Faebruary 16):
Whin Caesar is gotten his, der little left for eddir Göd or man.
Sh. 1924  T. Manson Humours Peat Comm. III. 166:
Dir no sae bad as lang as dey hae a man ta look efter dem.
Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 7:
An dere he lay a' the daylight; an' cam heem tae Hellsness on de heuld o' de nicht.

[On p. 2, deir = their.]

Dir adv., possess. adj.

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