Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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ILL-OOR, int. Also ill hoor. Used as an exclamation of sorrow or as a curse, woe! alas! (Ork. 1958). Cf. Aloor, id. and guid oor s.v. Oor. [ɪ′lu:r] Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 24:
An', ill hoor! gin sheu fell no'; an' her side teuk up on the wale o' the boat.
Ork. 1929  Marw.:
“Ill-oor apae thee,” i.e. a malison on you! “ill-oor, ill-oor,” alas, alas.

[Ill, + Oor, sc. “an evil hour upon it.”]

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