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A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).
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(Quhareabout,) Quhairabout, -abowt, interrog. adv. [North. ME quar abute (Cursor M.), whare about (14th c.); Quhare C 5. Cf. also Quhereabout.] In or to what place; fig. with what object, to what end, for what reason, and, contextually, with what person as the object of one's love. — 15.. Dunb. App. iii 1.
Fane wald I luve bot quhair abowt
1570 Sempill Sat. P. xii 74.
Thir plaigis ar powrit out To wraik this warld, and wait ȝe quhair about? Because we want na vice vunder the heuin

Quhareabout interrog. adv.

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