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FARE, v., n.

I. v. As in Eng., mostly arch.: to go, travel, get on. Sc. forms in pa.t.: ‡foor, ‡fure [før]; ‡pa.p. forn (Sh.10 1952). Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore 60:
They that travel, monie a bob maun byde, An' sae wi' me, has forn at this tide.
Ayr. 1788  Burns Duncan Davison ii.:
As o'er the moor they lightly foor.
Sc. c.1800  Sir Patrick Spens in
Child Ballads II. 29:
But eat an drink, my merrie young men, Eat, an be weel forn.
Ags. 1826  R. Chambers Pop. Rhymes 139:
Far are ye gain? To Killiemuir! Faare never ane wiel fure, But for his ane penny fee.
Abd. 1880  W. Robbie Glendornie iv.:
Weel, this fares on till ae day the doctor was to hae a gran' pairty.
Abd. c.1900  in M. M. Banks Cal. Customs III. 213:
Yeel's come an' Yeel's gane, An' we've a' forn weel.
Sh. 1914  Angus Gl.:
Fu is du forn da day?
Gall. 1929  Gallovidian 38:
An' ask an alms — a bite o' breid Or sic-like ware — To help ye in a time o' need — “Na, aff ye fare!”

II. n. 1. Fortune, condition, success. Obs. in Eng. since early 17th cent. Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore 10:
The wives about, envy'd the lassie's fare, And wiss'd her wraking, but begecked were.

2. Manner of acting; conduct. Only in phr.†sic (sae) fare's o' (someone) = that's just like, that's what one would expect of, that applies to (so-and-so) (Abd. c.1870). Ags. 1887  Brechin Advertiser (13 Dec.):
Ye see, sir, fouk cauna be aye spinnin'. And sae fares o' me.
Bch. 1926  P. Giles in Abd. Univ. Review (July) 224:
“The peer haythen wid think him a Solomon I'se warran'.” “Sic fares o' Sawtie. Hantles o' folk owre a' Buchan swore by Sawtie an' heeld 'im up t'be a Solomon.”

[O.Sc. fure, went, fare, one's fortunes, from 1375, manner of conduct, from c.1420. Forn is due to the v. having been transferred from Class VI to Class III on the analogy of bear. In Sh. however it may represent O.N. farinn, fared.]

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"Fare v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 12 Nov 2018 <>



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