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Nan(e, pron., a.1 and adv. Also: nain(e, nayn(e, naynne, naen; nen(e, nein(e, neyn(e; nean(e; nian. [North. ME. nan(e (Cursor M.), also nain (Cursor M.), north. e.m.E. neane (1640), midl. and south. ME. non, noon, early ME. nan, OE. nán: cf. Non(e. (Cf. also Na a. and adv.1)]

A. pron. 1. No one (of a number of persons).(a) 1375 Barb. v. 111.
Off thaim wes nane sa hardy, That [etc.]
Ib. i. 105, 403; etc. a1400 Leg. S. iv. 20.
Nere he wan nan of tha
Ib. xxvii. 982.
Quhar nan of freyndis thaim fand
1409 Exch. R. IV. ccxi.
That nane of the foresaide lordis sal [etc.]
c1420 Wynt. viii. 1842.
Off elde na kynd nane sparyd thai
Ib. v. 1953. 1449 Lanark & R. 171.
That nan of yhou tak on hand [etc.]
1459 Peebles B. Rec. I. 132.
That neuir nan of hym na his sed com in that malyn agan
1473 Ib. 20. 1489 Acts II. 215/2. c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxi. 10.
Is nane of ws … Bot laubouris ay for vthiris distructioun
15.. Christis K. 22 (M). 1553 Lanark B. Rec. 30.
Nocht to gludyr … with nan of the saidis chaplanis
1564 St. A. Kirk S. 218. 1570 Sat. P. xviii. 35.
Heill nor conceill, reset nane of thay lownis
a1570-86 Maitl. F. xxiii. 48.
Quhane nane of that cuntra lippnit for sic thing
1611 Reg. Panmure I. xxxiv.
1633 E. Loth. Antiq. Soc. II. 105.
Quhairof thair is nane
1660 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 194. 1666 Rothesay B. Rec. 128.
That he nor nane of his quhom he may stop or latt sall not [etc.]
1679 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 309 (3 June).(b) c1420 Wynt. viii. 6790.
Off Franche men thare deit nayne
c1475 Wall. ix. 706. 1490 Acta Conc. I. 129/1. 1495 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 596.
1522–3 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 67.
Pertenand to nayne of the parteis
1531 Lamont P. 40.
1545 Grant Chart. 93.
15.. Clar. v. 1160.
Naine was of thaise thrie Bot ather his leg or arme he brist in two
a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI 55, 331. 1604 Lanark B. Rec. 116.
That nain pas out of this toun of ony of the said induelleris [etc.]
1605 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 238.
1613 Ib. 335. 1636 Misc. Spald. C. V. 226.
(c) 1550 Coll. Aberd. & B. 181.
That we ne neyn of ws in non tyme bigane hes giffin [etc.]
? 1596 Lett. & St. P. Jas. VI 13.
Sik ane blok as nein of any natioun cowld hav the lyk off
1596–7 Misc. Spald. C. I. 100.
That thair is neyn of thi fathers hows frie from the Dewills service

b. In predic. use: Not a member, not one (of a certain class of persons). c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 198.
Bot he nought ane is, bot nane of naturis possessoris

2. a. Not any one, not one (of a number of things). b. No part (of something construed as a plural).a. c1500-c1512 Dunb. G. Targe 276.
Of all hir lustie rosis redolent Is nane in to thy garland set on hicht
Id. cxxiii. 2.
Off eirthlie thingis nane may bettir be
1588 King Cat. 86 b.
That nain of Christs sacraments ar vsit to saluatione
1641 Acts V. 555/2.
They have naine of the writts called
b. 14.. Acts I. 90*/2.
Nor ther sall nayn of thir mendis wyth ony prayer be loussit
c1475 Wall. iii. 267.
Of our trewis he will nane
1493 Acta Aud. 172/2.
He sall nocht sell … nane of his landis
1534 Carnwath Baron Ct. MS. 86 b.
The said Jhone suld nowther dispone … nane of his gudis … vnto the tyme [etc.]
c 1569 Edinb. Hammermen I. 2.
I … sall tak nane of my bretheris housis buithis or warkis over thair heidis

c. No part, nothing (of something construed as a sing.). 1549 Reg. Cupar A. II. 60.
That the saidis … sall nocht appropriatt nane of the commonte to thame selffis
1549 Compl. 24/18.
Thy ox sal be slane befor thy eene & thou sal get nane of hym tyl eyt
1583 St. A. Baxter Bks. 35.
That na freman … baik nane of thair braid
c1616 Hume Orthog. 13.
This symbol can be no reason serve that sound, nor nane of that kynd

3. No one, no person, nobody, none.Variously const.(1) 1375 Barb. i. 327.
And dre myscheiff quhar nane hym kend
Ib. iii. 673.
He traistyt in nane sekyrly Till that he knew him wtraly
a1400 Leg. S. xxxviii. 115.
& quhene nane sal vthir relefe
1412 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 389.
That nane haff lord … othir na the King
That nane reset … ony outduelland men
c1420 Wynt. ii. 348. Ib. v. 822. 1437 Reg. Dunferm. 285.
c1450-2 Howlat 591. 1456 Hay I. 66/25. c1475 Wall. xi. 968. 1485 Peebles B. Rec. I. 192.
Nan constrenyait bot frely consentit [etc.]
1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. 186 (E).
Certes nane
1509 Reg. Privy S. I. 286/2.
With command that nane vex … thaim
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxii. 8. 1513 Doug. x. vi. 156.
Nane lyst obey tyll other, all sa wight is
1533 Boece iii. vii. 102.
To nane iniurios
1541 Elgin Rec. I. 65.
1557 Peebles B. Rec. I. 241.
1560 Rolland Seven S. 5897.
Ane fouller nane culd be
Ib. 1762, Prol. 168. 1561–2 Treas. Acc. XI. 156. a1568 Scott ii. 106. a1585 Maitland Maitl. Q. liv. 24.
& doe nane wrang
1576 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 50. a1578 Pitsc. I. 326/6. Ib. II. 190/19.
Bot nane ansuerit him
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 284 (W). 1585 James VI Ess. 23.
With consent of nane
1588 King Cat. 225.
Sen nan may knaw … that [etc.]
1596 Crim. Trials I. ii. 379. a1605 Montg. Misc. P. viii. 39.
A rose Quhom thou nor nane hes pouer for to brook
c1600 Montg. Suppl. xxxi. 19.
1613 Elgin Rec. II. 138.
1621 Dumbarton B. Rec. App. i. 4.
1630 Edinb. B. Rec. VII. 84. 1669 Rothesay B. Rec. 167.
That nane keip horses except they be langellit [etc.]
1677 Dumbarton B. Rec. 88.(b) 1375 Barb. xix. 760 (E).
Awntyr thaim thar to durst nayne
c1420 Wynt. viii. 6821. c1475 Wall. ix. 336.
Rycht few may kep quhar nayn is to assaill
1493 Antiq. Aberd. & B. II. 228.
And nain comperand
1535 Stewart 26320.
That naine micht leif into tranquillitie
15.. Clar. v. 841. 1563-1570 Buch. Wr. ii.
In thys college nayne sal persever regent in humanite abuve … viij yeir
1587-99 Hume 79/358.
To nain I am addettit
1596 Warrender P. (S.H.S.) II. 311.
Thei have lattin nain preatche in Edinburgh hitherto
1627 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 277.
Quhair through nain pretend ignorance herof
(c) 1533 Gau 27/29. Ib. 58/1.
Faith is sa neidful that neyne kane be saiff without it
1586 Soc. Ant. IV. 423.
I sall warne neyne
1596 Misc. Spald. C. I. 85.
Swa that neyn belewit his lyif
(d) 1589 Douglas Corr. 241.
[To] warne the hale tennendre, nene being omittit, to meit us thair
1606 Crim. Trials II. 504.(e) 1641 Fraser P. 121.
That neane might pretend ignorance
(2) 1375 Barb. xv. 413 (E).
Is thar nayne That euir is worth bot he allane?
a1400 Leg. S. xviii. 615.
Let wes mad to nane but me
c1420 Ratis R. 482. c1450-2 Howlat 70.
Is nane bot Dame Natur … Till accus of this caise
c1450 Cr. Deyng (S.T.S.) 71.
Sen nan was worthy tharto bot he
1490 Irland Mir. I. 39/14.
In that realme is nane … bot werray juste … persounis
1492 Myll Spect. 281/27. c1500-c1512 Dunb. vi. 98. 1533 Gau 54/6.
For neyn sal trou … in neyne bot in God alene
1531 Soc. Ant. II. 396. 1533 Boece Epistle 634 b.
Ane tyran luffis nane bot vane fleschouris
1548 Corr. M. Lorraine 234.
Ples your graice that nayne se this writing bot your self
15.. King Berdok 21. 1552 Banff Ann. I. 30.
And neyne bot fremen
15.. Lord Fergus' Gaist 87. a1568 Bann. MS. 224 a/30. 1567 G. Ball. 191. 1598 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 225. a1633 Hope Major Pract. II. 27. 1490 Irland Mir. I. 59/23.
Neuir nane excepe Jhesu had sic lordschip ore powere
(3) c1475 Wall. viii. 836.
Thayr lestyt nayn agayn thaim that thai met Bot othir dede [etc.]
1494 Loutfut MS. 10 b.
Nan suld were gold … bot he war cummyn of noble blud
1490 Irland Mir. II. 6/7.
For amaist thar is nane bot he fallis in the mouth of this best
c 1500 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. I. 259.
That nain be ressauit in the said colleg … bot gif it be to the completing of the nowmer forsaid
1535 Stewart 12731. 1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 10.
Naine salbe promovit to na classe without he be examinat
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 238.
Thair wes nane that wes brocht wnder the Kingis obedience bot for reward
(4) 1375 Barb. i. 129.
For in this warld … Is nane … that sall Knaw [etc.]
Ib. 195.
Nane that lyvys thaim can tell
a1400 Leg. S. ii. 721.
In his awne modir and nane ellis
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 216/14.
For thar tuke it nain that euer recouerit
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 511. c1475 Wall. i. 111. 1492 Myll Spect. 297/28. 1513 Doug. vi. iii. 15. a1538 Abell 3 a.
Thare wes nane sa auld as he
1560 Rolland Seven S. 9091.
I haue nane that I dar lippin to
Ib. 679, 10399. a1570-86 Clapperton Maitl. F. lxxix. 39.
In our toun lyk me suld be nane
1604 Rec. Old Aberd. I. 34.
That nein vithoutin this towne by ather meill [etc.]
1649 Rec. Old Aberd. II. 37.
That they did knowe of neane suspect of charming
(5) 1459 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 62.
Thar vas nane to argwn nor tyll mak resistans tharin
a1500 Henr. Fab. 341 (Asl.).
Syne dovne scho come quhen thair was nane to let hir
1588 King Cat. in Cath. Tr. 216/11.
Quhen thair is nan to take it in hand by him
1600-1610 Melvill 117.
[The Earl of Morton] haid nan to speak a word for him
1618 Old Kirk Chron. 64.
We cwld geit naen in the towne to cary away this crepil the morn
1641 Bk. Carlaverock II. 139.(6) 1375 Barb. i. 293.
In Ingland … Wes nane off lyve that hym ne dred
c1420 Ratis R. 539.
Thar is nan so fals a man That he na wyll lawte luf
c1475 Wall. x. 140.
Thow thinkis nan her at suld thi falow be
a1578 Pitsc. I. 346/16.
Thair is nan ȝonder dar tuiche it
1613 Breadalbane Lett. 7 Mar.
I haif naine heir that [etc.]
(7) c1450-2 Howlat 500.
Was nane so stur in the steid micht stand him a start
1456 Hay I. 187/29.
We have nane samekle a fa … as a familier inymy
1531 Bell. Boece (M) I. 398.
Nane wes fundin sa cruell … as [etc.]
a1578 Pitsc. I. 14/6.
At quhilk conventioun was nane thocht so convenient as Schir Allexander Lewingstoun
1621-40 Melville Commonpl. Bk. 7.
Thair is nian sa proud as a beggar sud he begin to bak
(8) 1386 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 9.
That thir forsayd lordes ne nan [in] thar bondis sal do na trispas
c1400 Troy-bk. i. 595.
Thar was neuir nane hyr lyk
a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 483.
Lat … newir nane sic ane be callit a Scot
1583 Exch. R. XXI. 557.
That he … nor nane that he may lat sall [etc.]

b. As plur.: No persons, none. 1375 Barb. v. 371 (E).
Off thretty levyt nane That thai ne war slayne
c1420 Wynt. viii. 6821.
For-thi sulde nayne dyspyse Thaire fays
1456 Hay I. 244/30.
That nane is or few that may kepe thame tharwith but a fall
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1302 (Bann.). a1500 Prestis of Peblis 154.
War nane in baile bot wele thai couth thaim bete
c1500-c1512 Dunb. liii. 39.
For lauchter nain mycht hald thair lippis
1551 Hamilton Cat. 248. 1639 Dumbarton B. Rec. 56.
In respect that few or nane have coft powdir

c. Used of animals. 1623 Black Bk. Taymouth 364.
Thair heall ky hors [etc.] … to pas to scheillingis … and nane to cum hame befoir ane uther except a kow that is a lifting [etc.]

4. Placed before a compar. adj. and so passing into C 1: No one, none, nothing.Used both of persons and animals and of inanimate things. a1400 Leg. S. xxxvi. 176.
Ymang birthis that weman bare Thane Johne Baptiste vas nane mare
c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 73.
Ane litill bird nane fairar nature wrocht
a1500 Henr. Orph. 207 (Ch. & M.).
In lufe nane lelare than Sir Orpheus
a1500 K. Hart 335.
Off coulouris micht thair nane be freschar dicht
1490 Irland Mir. I. 23/10.
He has nane hier than His self to pray to
c1500-c1512 Dunb. liii. 23. c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 1163.
Nane fund wes fairer of visage
1596 Dalr. I. 14/25.
Of quhilke we haue cheis nane fyner

5. Elliptically, in the expression Is nane (sc. course of action) sa gude as, = there is no better course than, it would be best (to do something) — a1500 Rauf C. 172.
Is nane sa gude as leif of and mak na mair stryffe
Ib. 261.

B. adj. 1. Not any, no. = Na a. 1, 2, 4.At first more frequently before vowels and h.Of nane avail or effect, see these nouns.(1) 1375 Barb. i. 229.
Nane es
Ib. 298.
Nane auentur
a1400 Leg. S. ix. 24. Ib. 273, xlii. 156. 1405 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 59.
& nane amendis gottyn
c1420 Wynt. i. 1480.
Tyll nane endyng
Ib. v. 190.
Off nane ydole a statu
Ib. 3951.
Wyth nane oure hasty jugyment
Ib. viii. 1739.
For in Fyffe that tyme wes nane Erle, lord na capytane
14.. Burgh Laws c. 96 (B).
Thar is nane essoigne in burgh
14.. Acts I. 74/2.
That … nane athis be maid [etc.]
1436 Ayr B. Ct. 26 Dec.
Nane ale
1446 Raine N. Durham App. 22.
Ȝhe mak nane answer
1456 Hay I. 272/19.
Sen the King jugit na expens till him, thai say he aw to have nane expensis
c1460 Thewis Gud Women 229.
Nan instruccyoune
c1460 Regim. Princ. 266. 1471 Acta Aud. 19/1.
Nane innouatioune
1478 Acts II. 118/2.
Throu the quhilk thair is litle or nane ald moneye … gangand
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 222/23.
And trastit nain evil
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 283.
Thair gat he nane homage
c1475 Wall. ix. 916.
Nayn Inglisman durst [etc.]
a1500 Seven S. 801. Ib. 936. 1494 Loutfut MS. 138 a.
Nane armes
1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. ii. 497. a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 345.
Thow lufis nane Irische
1507 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 437.
That nayne infecht folkis … be [etc.]
1513 Doug. i. Prol. 272, iv. 26, vi. Prol. 57. 1525 Reg. Great S. 97/2. 1531 Reg. Soltre 104.
The said Jhone … sall lat nane wncuth gudis cum tharone
1531 Dunferm. Reg. Ct. 44. 1558–9 Statut. Sc. Ch. 156.
Of the quhilkis … thar hes folowit nan or litill fruict as yitt
1567 G. Ball. 84. 1570 Breadalbane Lett. 27 June.
That nan vnfrendis get the samyn
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. cviii. 33.
The commownis … seis nane apperance of releiff
1602 S. Leith Rec. 3.
That nane inhabitant … send thair bairnes to ony vther schoole
(b) c1420 Wynt. v. 188.
Hale in to that land wes nane Tempill standand
Ib. viii. 834.
Thare is nane dedlyke king … That ourlard till oure Kyng suld be
Ib. 4863. 1455–6 Perth Guildry 14.
That nane gild brother purches ony vther man
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 70.
Nane levand leid
Ib. 263, 875. 1481 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. 335.
Nane nychtbur
c 1500 Ib. 259.
That nain commondis be … gevin bot allanarlie to thame that [etc.]
1529 Rec. Earld. Orkney 210.
Be caus I … hed nane sceil of my awne
1539 Glasgow Prot. IV. 119.
That nayne chaiplane want ane helper
1539 Soc. Ant. II. 394.
That nane candelmaker [etc.]
1553 Prot. Bk. Sir Wm. Corbet 20.
He wald tak nane penneworthis bot [etc.]
1556 Glasgow Bakers 59.
To nayne travellour
1566 Kirkcaldy B. Rec. 68.
Nayne man
1569 Peebles B. Rec. I. 307.
Quha confescit he had nane commiscioun prorogat
1600 Acts IV. 231/2.
And that nane licence pas heireftir
(2) 1408 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 221.
That we neuir consentit til nane act of parlement
1456 Hay I. 185/34.
That he aw nocht … to geve nane hostage
Ib. II. 159/33.
Na I wald nane evill to nane erdely creature
1513 Doug. vi. ix. 63.
It is nocht lesum to nane innocent wight [etc.]
1519 Fife Sheriff Ct. 149.
Nore mak nane innouacione tharintil
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 5262.
The day … Quhilk never wes to nane angell schawin
(b) a1400 Leg. S. i. 282.
No nan defence
1381 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 4.
No nane maner of man
1411 Reg. Episc. Brechin I. 30.
Na thir aw na man othir clamand for nane naykit wourd haiff pastour [etc.]
c1420 Wynt. viii. 7073. Brus xii. 205 (C).
Na nane [E. na] payn sall refusit be Till [etc.]
1503 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 431.
Nor nayne pairt of it
1558 Glasgow Prot. II. 58. 1654 Rothesay B. Rec. 4.
Nor nane guidnemet guids or geir
(3) 1435 Ayr B. Ct. 3 Oct.
The said John was nane ayr tyl him of his landis
1437 Reg. Panmure II. 230.
Uther ayris suld be nan apearans bot Seytounes and Maulis
(4) 1513 Doug. iv. i. 25.
Myne opinion is nane oncertane thing
Ib. viii. i. 65.(5) 1375 Barb. i. 428.
Thow maid nane sic speking to me
1456 Hay I. 224/10.
For but servandis may nane syk men be
c1475 Wall. ix. 523.
Thai slew nayn sic
1513 Doug. xii. i. 30. 1535 Stewart 71.
Wes neuir nain sic amang our poetis fun?
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 996 1513 Doug. i. viii. 129.
We Phenycianys nane sa blait breistis hes

b. Placed after (or separated from) the noun.Only in verse. 1375 Barb. xvii. 250.
Gynis for crakkis had he nane
Ib. xviii. 275. a1400 Leg. S. iii. 147.
Met no drink he nan wald
Ib. xx. 335, xxi. 811. ?1438 Alex. ii. 9990.
Sik ane freik was neuer nane
c1420 Wynt. vii. 609.
Lemman had he nane na wyff
Ib. viii. 6816.
Wit is nane To dyspys utheris natione
Ib. ii. 878, viii. 729, 3874. c1475 Wall. ii. 167.
Lefand as now a chiftane had we nane [etc.]
Ib. vi. 796.
Agaynis him in Galloway hous was nayne Except Wigtoun
Ib. ix. 297. a1500 Bk. Chess 791.
Grace hie couthe get neine
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 504.
This is the legeand of my lif, thought Latyne it be nane
Id. lxix. 10. 1513 Doug. iv. xii. 27.
Gyf that neuer nane At our cost arryvit schip Troiane
Ib. vi. x. 104.
Certane dwelling nane In this cuntre haue we
1535 Stewart 989. a1568 Scott ii. 194. 1567 Sat. P. vii. 133.
Sic concurrence in Scotland nane I se
1573 Sempill Ib. xxxix. 329. 1573 Davidson Ib. xlii. 154.

2. absol. in reference to a preceding noun: Not any, none (of the thing, things or persons previously mentioned).(a) 1375 Barb. i. 173.
For litill enchesone or nane He was arestyt
Ib. xiii. 444.
Qwhen at the feld so cleyn wes maid Of Ynglis men that nane abad
a1400 Leg. S. xxxiv. 17.
A luflyare thing mycht be nane
1387 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. .
[Seals procured] in faute thai hade nane of thair awyne
c1400 Troy-bk. 338. c 1405 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 59.
Redres has bene askyte … & nane gottyne
1456 Hay I. 74/20. Ib. 85/2, 105/17.
What resoun? Certaynly nane
Ib. II. 46/13.
That he mycht do scathe and tak nane
a1500 Rauf C. 68. 1490 Irland Mir. MS. 283. a1500 Seven S. 92.
Quhidder he sciens has or nane
Ib. 1189.
He hatit women sa odious That he wald neuer ly with nane
Ib. 623, 2426. c1500-c1512 Dunb. xv. 6. Ib. lxvi. 54, lxxvi. 2. 1513 Doug. vi. i. 69.
Sevin ȝong stottis that ȝok bur nevir nane
1529 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 103.
1536 Carnwath Baron Ct. (ed.) 186.
1544 Corr. M. Lorraine 72. 1547 Armstrong Hist. Liddesdale I. lxxxiv. 1563 Davidson Answer 250.
Quhen twa thingis is allegdit to have aggreance together that hes nane
1567 G. Ball. 13.
Power no rgloir … Is nane in heuin, nor eird, bot Thyne
1596 Dalr. I. 7/3. a1628 Carmichael Prov. No. 348.
Better sillie man nor nane
Ib. No. 689. 1629 Black Orkn. & Shetl. Folklore 77. 1636 Sutherland Corr. 168.
(b) 1459 Montrose Baillie Ct. 12 a (29 Oct.).
That al thai swyn be ringit and nain to gang lows
c1475 Wall. iv. 201.
The gud Erlle than he bad him gyftis ser: Wallace wald nayne
c 1489 Liber Aberbr. II. 264. 1492 Myll Spect. 275/28.
Tell neuer thi counsall to wemen for thai can kepe nain
1512 Treas. Acc. IV. 251. 1525 Wigtown B. Ct. 181 a.
Tryis callyt to enter hyre warrand & enteryt nayne
1532–3 Dunferm. Reg. Ct. 90. 1540 Treas. Acc. VII. 415.
For his bounteth … becaus he gat nevir naine of before [etc.]
1553 Prot. Bk. Sir Wm. Corbet 20. 1557 Inverness Rec. I. 9. 1562-3 Winȝet I. 14/25. 1567–8 Mar & Kellie MSS. 19. a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI 296.
Toleratioun of all mischeavis and controlling of nayne
1604-31 Craig v. 34.
That miracle which gods made as next unto naine
1633 Dumbarton B. Rec. 42.
(c) 1544 Corr. M. Lorraine 77.
I vrat to your mastership affor of all your fyna[n]s … bot I ressait nen fra Jhone Birton
1583 Reg. Morton I. 137.
As for nevis I can vreit nen
(d) 1588 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 41.
Omit not to by lokkis … for thair can nein be gottin heir
1596–7 Misc. Spald. C. I. 91.
Certan honest wemenn … com to thé to by malt, to quhom thow ansuerit that thow hed nein windowit
Ib. 92.
Thairefter ther com wind anuch in at thi duris quhill as thair was neyn on the feild
1629 Ib. V. 220.
Allexr. Edward and his wyiff deponit that they brunt nein [sc. peat]

b. With other preceding: cf. Nane other.Only in early verse. 1375 Barb. xix. 526.
But othir dedis nane war done
a1400 Leg. S. xviii. 999. ?1438 Alex. ii. 478. Ib. 3046. c1400 Troy-bk. i. 220.
For thar was othyr nane it lyk
c1475 Wall. viii. 947.
Wyld der thai slew for othir bestis was nayn

3. In predicative use: Not (what the noun denotes), not (one). c1420 Wynt. vi. 1335.
Gyff [etc.] … I comend to thare demyng That clerkys are, for nane am I
Ib. ix. 2359.
Swa in coloure off justis Set it wes nane, he rasit assis
14.. Burgh Laws c. 101 (A).
Sic a gyft is nane for quhy that [etc.]
1456 Hay I. 237/14.
Quhethir it be law or nane
c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 12/26.
Quhat is syn and quhat is nane
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 667.
Inconstant men … Nane for to be of Christis trew scolaris

C. adv. 1. With compar. adjs. or advs.: Not any, no. = Na a. and adv. 1 6.Cf. A 4 above. ?1438 Alex. ii. 190.
Nane farar thing on erd may ga
a1500 Rauf C. 546.
I neid nane airar myne erand nor none of the day
1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. 1327 (L).
Wele I considerit nene [E. na] vpparmar I mycht

2. = And … not, not at all, ‘neither’. ?1438 Alex. ii. 3911.
‘I na thocht euill in word or deid.’ ‘Dam, nane did I’ said the Bauderane
a1538 Abell 572.
It wes said till him for that sin … ‘The swerd of slauchtir sal nocht pas out of this hous’, and nane it did. For [etc.]

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