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Nother, Noder, a.2 and pron.2 Also: nothere, -ir(e, -yr(e, nuthir, nyther, (nowthir); nodyr, nuder. [ME. noiþer (Cursor M.), noþer (c 1320), late ME. noder (c 1440), e.m.E. nother; by metanalysis of ane other Ane indefin. article 2 (cf. also Another a. and pron.) and Nane other.] Other, in senses of Other a. and pron.

A. A or ane nother: Another; a second, further or different (one, person).(1) adj. (a) a1400 Leg. S. iii. 249.
He come til a nothir citte
1400 Charter (Reg. H.) Honess Doc. No. .
Of a part … of a nuthir part
c 1400 Reg. Paisley 375.
c1420 Wynt. iii. 356 (C).
I war than Bot as a nothir [v.rr. ane othire] common man
1461 Liber Plusc. I. 385.
Eftir hym a nother soun will rys
c1475 Wall. viii. 1394, xi. 190. a1538 Abell 1* a.
Thir figuris … coniunyt with a nothir fygur
c1590 Fowler I. 99/59.
With him a nother Fabius
1596 Dalr. I. 122/4.
Quha defoulis a nothir manis wyfe
(b) 1459 Montrose B. Ct. 12 a.
Ane nother
1490 Acta Conc. I. 132/1.
Johne of Forsith ane nother pare of schetis price x s.
c1490 Porteous Noblenes 181/13.
Ane nothire man nor that
Ib. 178/15. a1500 Seven S. 1893. c1515 Asl. MS. I. 190/16.
This Arthour was gottin apon ane nother mannis wyf
Ib. 265/18.
He … come agane ane nother gait
Fra siclyk ane nother flude
1550 Corr. M. Lorraine 339
Tha ville schyse ane nuder provest
(2) c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 56/3.
absol. Ane persone that is … worthiar than ane nothere to mak helpe
a1500 Seven S. 731.
Ane lytill efter he smellit ane nothire
Ib. 2002. a 1500 Coll. St. Salvator 155.
And ane nodyr of syngill worsat
(a1568 Henr.) Bann. MS. 341 b/237.
Cum help to quyt a gud turne for a nothir
1634 Aberd. Trades 282.
The said servant sall be removit fra that maister and sall go to ane nyther
(3) c1420 Wynt. i. 1485. (C).
pron. Thai spek to-gedyr sa vncouythly That nane a nothir vnderstude
c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 19/19. c1500 Fyve Bestes 201.
Falȝe this, the kirk gais to ane nother
a1500 Prestis of Peblis 35.
Than spak ane nother
a1568 Bann. MS. 270 b/105.
Cummes a nowthir and blerit is thyne e

B. Na (no), also nane, nother. No other (thing etc.); no other person, no one else.(1) a1400 Leg. S. xxxv. 138.
adj. Quhare thu is, & in na nothyre place I-wyse
1399 Holyrood Chart. 112.
Doand na nother thing bot prayere
1557 Inverness Rec. I. 10.
To occupe na noder craft nor labyr excep it he is bundyn prentis to
Ib. 14.(2) pron. (a) 1389 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 17.
We sal nocht be in the contrar of hym with na nothy[r]
1429 Durh. Archives Misc. Chart. 796.
To set the said landes … til oure selfe na til na nothyr
1459 Rep. Hist. MSS., Var. Coll. V. 82.
Becaus thar was na nothyr that wald resaff is kawyl
c1475 Wall. viii. 906.
Thocht he wes best, no nothir lak we nocht
plur. 1422 Stirlings of Keir 208.
And of na noderis borwt na procuryt
(b) a1500 Seven S. 1083.
I Janot and nane nother [: moder]
Ib. 1485.
Scho said, Ane prest: I will nane nother

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