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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).

Ourthwort, -thort(e, adv. and prep. Also: oure-, owr- and -thuort, -thourt(h, -thowrt. [North. ME. ourthuert (Cursor M.), var. of overthwert, Overthort(e adv. Cf. Ourquhort (and Thwortour).]

A. adv. Across; in a transverse or crosswise direction; from one side to the other of something.(a) 1375 Barb. viii. 172.
Thre dykis ourthwort [E. our thuort] he schar Fra bath the mossis to the vay
1513 Doug. vi. ix. 151.
Befor Tantalus … The goldin trestys schynand standis ourthwort
(b) c1420 Wynt. viii. 4656.
The Scottis men held the tothir way Syne owrthort [C. ourthort, Au. ourequhort] to that way held thai
Ib. 4679.
Hys spere in bathe his handis can ta And kest it owrthort [C. ourthowrt, Au. oureqwort, W. oure thwort]
1425 Acts II. 12/1.
The … ferlote … sal contene in breid evin ourethorte xvj inchys
a1500 Seven S. 1040.
At that wyndo was all hir sport To sit and se and luke ourethort
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xlii. 55 (B).
Thocht sayis I hecht coim I ourthort I houp to lows the presoneir

B. prep. From one side to the other of, so as to cross, across above or through.(a) c1475 Wall. v. 319.
Our thwort [1570, ouirhort] the Kers to the Torwode he ȝeide
1533 Boece ii. xii. 83.
Quhen this was done sone lap out Gillus & ran ourethwort the feildis
Ib. iv. vii. 134 b.
Voada bisselie rynnand ourthwort the armye
(b) ?1438 Alex. ii. 1896.
And with the tother hand sik ane suak He raucht euin ourthort the bak
c1475 Wall. iv. 234.
A loklate bar was drawyn ourthourth the dur
1511–12 Wemyss Chart. 139.
Thane sall pas ourthourt the mos
1513 Doug. v. xii. 102.
The dirk nycht Rollyt hys cart ourthourt [Sm. ourthwort, Ruddim. owrthwort] the polys bricht

b. To and fro in, through. 1513 Doug. viii. Prol. 17.
So thochtis threthis in thra our brestis ourthwort [Ruddim. ouerthort]
Ib. xii. Prol. 56.
Fyschis on the greit Ourthwort cleir stremys
Ib. xii. x. 92.
The beys within affrayt all of new Ourthwort [E. ouer throwart, Ruthv. ourthort, 1553, ourthowrt] thar hyvis and walxy tentis rynnys

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