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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Na uther, a. Also: nae, ne and uthir, wther, -ar, other, oder. [Na a. 1 and 2: cf. e.m.E. no other and Nane other pron. and a.]

1. No other (thing(s), person(s), etc.).(1) a1500 Henr. Fab. 2460 (H).
Nor foxe on feild nor ȝit na vther beist Bot he thame slew
1512 Reg. Privy S. I. 367/2.
And at na uther place
1531 Bell. Boece (M) I. 39.
Na vther way is sa sovir
15.. Lichtoun Dreme 14.
Quhen I saw thair wes na vther remeid
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 30.
[He] wald not give na pledge nor na vther thing
Ib. 207. 1580 Red. Bk. Grandtully II. 130.
That nowe there is ne vther vorthye man on lywe … off succeiding wnto ȝow
a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI 173.
The men of Leith … looking for na uther thing bot … to haue ladderit and winn the hous
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i. 43. 1609 Breadalbane Doc. No. 385.
With na gwnis nor with na vther kynd of fyre wark
a1628 Carmichael Prov. No. 796.
He that is in hell trowis there be na other hevin
1650 St. A. Baxter Bks. 120.
Nather to taveren, brouster nor na wthar persone
1667 Ib. 133.
To nae wther judge
(b) 1533 Gau 23/2.
We awe na obedience to thayme na to na oder creatur
(2) 1524 Dumbarton B. Rec. App. ii. 4.
Thai waid schaw na uther euidentis
1555 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 218.
That he ressaif na vthir personis … except his kyppage alanerlie
(3) 1563 Edinb. B. Rec. III. 170.
That … Jhonn Scott, prenter … had na vtheris guddis saifing [etc.]

b. absol. in reference to a preceding noun. 1533 Gau 20/10.
The causz quhairfor ane man committis thayme [sc. sins] is na oder bot euerie man lwfis hime selff

2. absol. as pron. a. No other person(s), no other(s), no-one else. sing. and plur.sing. a1500 Seven S. 2610.
I haf ane douchter faire And na other to be my aire
1533 Gau 4/33.
Ve suld … pray to na oder bot to Hime
1596 Dalr. II. 305/19.
From na vther bot fra the Frenche King culd tha luik for ony help
plur. 1551 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 182.
And to na oders
c1575 Balfour Pract. 84.
Nouther the said schiref … nor na utheris may [etc.]
1581 Acts III. 222/2.
Nor na vtheris of thair causing
1592 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 73.
That the provest baillies [etc.] … sall resort to the tounis loft … and na others
1615 Kirkwall Sheriff Ct. Act Bk. 4.
That gentlmen boundmen nor nae vthers receave any seik persone

b. No other things, nothing else. plur. 1644 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 17.
Be word, work or deid nor be na vtheris

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