Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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IR, conj. Sh. and ne.Sc. form of Or, q.v., Ere, conj.

1. Before, until (ne.Sc. 1958). Sh. 1898  Junda Klingrahool 29:
I'm tired withoot an tired within, I'll be a corp ir ever I lin.
Abd. 1924  Swatches o' Hamespun 66:
We . . . wis teen oot te the barn laft for a reel or twa, ir the tay wis ready.

2. Than. Cf. Nor. Sh. 1898  Shetland News (29 Oct.):
Der no a thing 'at I laek better ir a rosn tattie.

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