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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Agatewards, Agaitwards, adv. (and prep.). Also: agaitwart(t)is, ageitwardis, agetwards, -vardis. [f. Agatewardadv. with adverbial -is, -s.]

1. On the road or way; = Agateward adv. 1. 1541 Reg. Privy S. II. 683/2.
Fra the day of the said Hectouris furth cuming … cummand agaitwartis to the kingis grace
1570-3 Bann. Trans. 262.
The said duckis sone … is a gatewartis [to France] gif he be not there alreddie
1599 Aberd. B. Rec. 185.
Passand fra the croce … agetvardis to the Justice Port
1603 Shetland Sheriff Ct. 100 b.
Ageitwardis to his hous
1608 Ellon Presb. 77.
[He] tuik jorney fra his hous … agetwards towards Lowren fair
c1615 Chron. Kings 159.
He without leiff passis his wayis, and wentt agaitwarttis to … Dalkeyth

2. As prep. On the way towards. a 1714 Cromarty Corr. II. 488.
Nixt day then vent a gait wards Kintaill

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