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NOR, conj.1 Also unstressed forms nar (Abd. 1754 R. Forbes Jnl. from London 29, s.Sc. 1856 H. S. Riddell St Matthew xxvi. 29; Kcb. 1911 G. M. Gordon Clay Biggin' 2), ner (Sh. 1869 J. T. Reid Art Rambles 40, Cai. 1907 County of Cai. (Horne) 80), nir (Ags. 1887 Brechin Advert. (4 Oct.) 3, Abd. 1931 D. Campbell Uncle Andie 12), nur (Abd. 1955 W.P. Milne Eppie Elrick i.). Cf. Na, conj. [nɔr, nər]

1. Used after compar. and words with sim. constructions: than (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Uls. 1953 Traynor). Gen.Sc. and in n.Eng. dial. Combs. nor'n [ < nor + than], nor nae, than any. Sc. 1707  Earls Crm. (Fraser 1876) II. 30:
I shall wish rather to exerce it in my freends nor in my own concerns.
Sc. 1761  Magopico 15:
Ae pund of gospel gifts is better nir fourteen stane nine pund and a haff o' the legal measure o' clairgie.
Edb. 1773  Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 115:
Shapes war nor thae, I freely ween Cou'd never meet the Soldier's Ein.
Ayr. 1790  Burns My Tocher's the Jewel ii.:
Ye'll crack ye're credit wi' mair nor me!
Slk. 1827  Hogg Shepherd's Cal. xvii.:
He has been anither nor a gude ane that.
Abd. 1868  G. MacDonald R. Falconer ii. ii.:
An auld wife's better nor nae fiddle.
Sh. 1877  G. Stewart Fireside Tales 4:
I can dü little mair nor read a shapter i' da Bible.
Fif. 1896  D. S. Meldrum Grey Mantle 176:
There's more nor a man there, Jooley.
Arg. 1901  N. Munro Doom Castle iii.:
It . . . micht agree wi' the Count better nor the cauld fowl.
Cai. 1909  D. Houston 'E Silkie Man 9:
An' mair nor 'at a'm 'ir geed-man!
Mry. 1927  E. B. Levack Lossiemouth 40:
I've a soar throt see, an' that's more nor'n you have.
Sc. 1944  Scots Mag. (Nov.) 88:
The rest is worse nor me.

2. Esp. after words expressing doubt or wonder used neg.: (but) that, corresp. to Lat. quin (ne.Sc., Ags. 1964). Abd. 1790  A. Shirrefs Poems 336:
And tho', nae doubt, nor it may be, That ane, like you, o' skilly ee, May mony glim and snapper see.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xlix.:
Aw div not won'er nor ye canna be edifiet wi' sic a man.
Knr. 1891  H. Haliburton Ochil Idylls 92:
Noo, Wull, ye auld divertin' loon, Nae wonder nor you're thin.
Lnk. 1902  A. Wardrop Hamely Sk. 122:
There's little wonder nor Nannie ran awa wi' Bauldy.
Abd. 1962  :
There's nae dout nor he will, gin he get the chance. It's smaa winner nor he brook, the wey he flang about the siller.

3. Although, if, in imprecatory phrs. Deil nor (Edb. 1791 J. Learmont Poems 55; Lnk. 1816 G. Muir Cld. Minstrelsy 49), fean-, fient-, God-, shame-, sorrow-, it would matter little if, no one need care if, would to the devil that, it is a pity that . . . not. See also Fient, 1. Deil, fient, sorrow, etc., being quasi-negs., the ellipsis may be taken as = “May it not be that . . . not . . .” Ayr. 1703  Session Bk. Dundonald (1936) 541:
Now, Willie Kerr, Shame nor the head were off yow for the countrey side is fosht with yow.
Edb. 1724  A. Pennecuik Poems (1787) 13:
Fean nor they were a' sent to France.
Ayr. 1787  Burns Brigs of Ayr 125:
Down ye'll hurl (deil nor ye never rise!).
Peb. 1836  J. Affleck Poet. Wks. 125:
Sorrow nor the drink wad chock ye.
Wgt. 1877  “Saxon” Gall. Gossip 108:
Fill't [well] up atweel! deevil nor she was chokit in't.
Lnk. 1899  H. Muir Hamely Echoes 63:
Wae's me, nor I had but my days to begin!
Ayr. 1913  J. Service Memorables 57:
Deevil nor the Auld Ane had you the noo!

4. In illiterate use = as, in the collocation as . . . nor. Edb. 1906  V. Spiganovicz Night Life 18:
They're no a' hyperkits, bit sim is, an' ah hae ma opeenion as well nor ye.

[O.Sc. nor, than, from c.1400, as in 2., 1552, as in 3., c.1500. Appar. an emphatic variant of Na, conj., formally influenced by Nor, conj.2 ( < nother), neither.]

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