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OUTGAE, v., n. Also oot-. Pr.p. outgain; pa.p. -gane, vbl.n. -gae(i)n, -ga(u)n. See Gae, v., Gan. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. outgo. [′utge:]

1. To go out, depart. Common in ppl.adj. and vbl.n. Gen.Sc. Specif. in vbl.n., (1) in ploughing: the point at which the plough comes out of the earth at the end of the furrow (Ags. 1964); (2) “the entertainment given to a bride in her father's or master's house, before she sets out to that of the bridegroom” (Sc. 1825 Jam.); (3) the sale of implements, etc., when a farm tenant gives up his lease (Slk. 1964). Sc. 1818  Scott H. Midlothian xxxix.:
May the Giver of all good things keep ye in your outgauns and incomings.
m.Lth. 1857  Misty Morning 273:
Tak tent o' my birds i' the outgaun.
Sh. 1899  J. Spence Folk-Lore 241:
Dy oot-gaen 'ill gie me a sair haert, as mony a ene I'm haed afore.
Lnk. 1951  G. Rae Howe o' Braefoot 94:
A bit dram o' weel-wushin' at Knock-knowes at the ootgaun o' the auld 'ear.
Ags. 1959  C. Gibson Folk-lore Tayside 19:
In a ploughing match points are given for the ingans and the ootgans.
Abd. 1960  Stat. Acc.3 397:
Th' wife his a'thing handy i' th' hoose here, an' nae oot-gaun on an ill day t' th' wall for water.

2. As ppl.adj.: (1) of the tide: ebbing (Sh., Ags., Kcb. 1964); (2) of a fire or light; expiring, dying out (Sh. 1964); (3) of clothes: suitable for wearing in public, going-out; (4) of the tenant of house or farm: removing, leaving (Abd. 1925; I., ne.Sc., Ags., Per. 1964); of his stock: in the fields, grazing. (1) Wgt. 1912  A.O.W.B. Fables 90:
To be left by ootgaun tide.
(2) Ayr. 1910  J. McIntosh Poets Ayr. 102:
And the eerie mirk cam' wi' the outgaun blink.
Lnk. 1919  G. Rae 'Tween Clyde 44:
This nicht I sit beside an ootgaun fire.
(3) Dmf. 1830  W. Bennet Traits Sc. Life III. 148:
Dibbin was dressed in his out-going suit of hodden gray . . . coarse “rig-and-fur” blue stockings, and on his feet he wore strong, thick-soled shoes, well paved with tackets.
Sc. 1874  W. Allan Hamespun Lilts 155:
Sma' persuasion did it need frae me To gar her don her oot-gaun toggery.
(4) Sc. 1829  R. Chambers Sc. Songs II. 577:
I lo'e thee better, Kate, my dear, Than a' my riggs and out-gaun gear.

2. To grow beyond in age, to pass. Gen. in pa.p. (Sh. 1964). Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 13:
A dainty stirrah had, twa years out gane.
Fif. 1864  St. Andrews Gazette (16 Jan.):
When I was a callant, near oot gaen nineteen.
Bwk. 1876  W. Brockie Leaderside Legends 10:
Yet he was but a youth in years, No twenty-twae outgaen.
Sh. 1960  New Shetlander No. 54. 13:
Fur me douchter just laek aa da rest, tho shü's ootgaen forty-tree.

[O.Sc. outga, go out, a.1400.]

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