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Far, a. Also: farre, fare, fair. [ME. far, farr(e, var. offer, ferre Fer a.] Far, distant. Far way, a long way. (See also Farrer, Farrest.) a1400 Leg. S. ix. 5.
That is the farrest land … Quhare ony man dwellis now
Ib. xxviii. 14.
Men bryngis it of ful fare land
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxii. 21.
Ay farest faddiris hes farrest fowlis
1513 Doug. v. vi. 59.
Befor thame all furth bowtis with a bend Nysus a far way
1533 Bell. Livy I. 148/5.
Porte Aquillyne, quhilk was the farest porte of Rome fra sycht of inemyis
Ib. II. 186/27.
Quhen he had drawne thame ane ferar [B. farrar] space fra the toun than he was wont
1540 Lynd. Sat. 419.
Quhair go ȝe? eist? or west? In faith, I trow we be at the farrest
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. xxxii. 38.
Far foullis hes ay fair fethers sum will say
1666 Irvine Mun. II. 204.
Ane gray meir ringeyed one the farsyd
1667 Kelso Baillie Ct. 70 b.
Thrie [ewes] cutt in the fair luige
Ib. 46 b.
Ane gray horse … whyte hoofed in the faresyde

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"Far adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 30 May 2024 <>



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