Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FORE-END, n. Also foren(d).

1. The first or front part or portion of anything. Gen.Sc. Mostly dial. in Eng. †Of money, the first fruits or returns. Lnk. 1717  Minutes J.P.s (S.H.S.) 179:
James Carmichaell . . . shall be satisfied for his said service and for his depursments abovementioned out of the forend of the fines and ammerciaments that has occurred.
Slk. 1820  Hogg Winter Ev. Tales II. 327:
I saw mony a braw man riding on their horses, but I mysel' gaed i' the fore-end, and was the brawest mountit o' them a'.
Ayr. 1822  Galt Provost xiii.:
Out of the fore-end of her wealth she sent us a very handsome present.
Sh. 1886  J. Burgess Sk. and Poems 10:
He's aye hokkin among yon aald prophecies, an' things i' da fore-end o' da Scripter.

2. The beginning or earlier part of a period of time (Sc. 1825 Jam.; s.Sc. 1873 J. A. H. Murray D.S.C.S. 168). Specif. of the spring (Sc. 1900 E.D.D.; Uls.4 1953). Now only dial. in Eng. Sc. 1782  F. Douglas E. Coast Scot. 122:
In the fore-end of the fishing season.
Sc. 1816  Scott Antiquary xxvii.:
I will be back about the fore-end o' hairst.
Slk. c.1823  Hogg Shep. Cal. (1874) ii.:
Ye were out in the very fore-end o' the unnatural Rebellion.
Sc. 1835  Wilson's Tales of the Borders I. 149:
About the back end o' spring, or the fore end o' summer.
Ags. 1894  J. B. Salmond B. Bowden (1922) viii.:
My lad . . . got foo i' the fore-end o' the nicht.

3. A small shelf built into the side of a fireplace (Mry.1 1914). [fɔr′ɛn ]

[O.Sc. foirend, = 1., 1608, = 2., 1692.]

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