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OUR, pron. Absolute form oors. Gen.Sc. form of Eng. our(s), belonging to us. See P.L.D. § 38. For unstressed form see Wir.

Hence oorsel(l)(s), ourselves. The usage described in 1903 quot. applies to most parts of Scot. [u:r] Abd. 1777  R. Forbes Ulysses 15:
Doin' well oursells, we canna help Tho' a' friends binna steddy.
Ayr. 1787  Burns Death and Dr. Hornbook ii.:
That e'er he nearer comes oursel 's a muckle pity!
Sc. 1815  Scott Guy M. xxxviii.:
Sae mony o' us as thought oursells sib to the family when the gear was parting.
Edb. 1864  A. Logan Auld Reekie Musings 13:
Ne'er let it be said that oor hearts are like airn.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xlix.:
“Fat neist,” thinks I! “The gryte goodwife callin' o' oorsel', a peer indwaller i' the hirehoose.”
Kcb. 1893  Crockett Stickit Minister ii.:
He was ayont the cluds afore we could get oor books shut, oot o' sicht gin we gat oorsel's settled in oor seats.
s.Sc. 1903  N.E.D.:
In mod. South Sc. oursel is collective, oursels is individual; e.g. “we do everything oursel”, but “we'll settle it atween oursels”.
Ags. 1918  J. Inglis The Laird 8:
Oor Jock's the ane intae the hoose Wha's watch rows up an' gaes.
Ork. 1920  H. Campbell Island Folk Songs 13:
We maun feed them afore we tak 'oors.
Rxb. 1961  W. Landles Penny Numbers 24:
Guid gie us mense when ocht against us tells, To hae a herty lauch whiles at oorsels!

Phrs.: 1. oor ane, -een, -yin, our one, an oblique way of referring to one's own wife or husband (cf. Eng. dial. our 'un, id.) (Ayr. 1889 H. Johnston Glenbuckie xv.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; m.Sc., Uls. 1964), and, in pl., to the members of one's own family (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., 1942 Zai; Uls. 1964). See also Ane, III. (5); 2. oor lane(s), see Lane. Gsw. 1898  D. Willox Poems & Sk. 98:
Oor ane wad likely be in an awfu' state by this time, if she wasna in bed.
Bwk. 1912  J. Burleigh Ednam 141:
There is a quiet pride in one another, as when the husband speaks of his wife, and the wife of her husband as “Oor yin.”
Rxb. 1914  Hawick News (31 July) 4:
“Oor yin was juist speakin' aboot them nae ferther gane than last nicht,” said Mrs Brown.

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"Our pron.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Oct 2018 <>



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