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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).

Wageour, n.2 Also: wageoure, wa(d)ger, waidger. [ME and e.m.E. waiour (Manning), wager (a1533), wadger (1615), AF wageure.] a. A prize in a contest. b. A pledge. c. A bet.a. 1513 Doug. v iii 10.
Sum … to stryfe for the mastry, … the wageouris … And the rewardis in myddis of the field Befoir thair eyn war set
1513 Doug. v vi 14 (Sm.).
With rewardis seir, he did provoke … folk, Sic as lykit swiftlie on fuit to ryn, Cum bair the price away and wageour [Ruddim. wageoure] wyn
a1605 Montg. Sonn. lv 6.
The archer, love … My breist the butt … My lyf, the wageour, if I win the war
b. 1637 Rutherford Lett. (1894) 319.
O blessed were the tribes in this land to wipe my lord Jesus' weeping face … Oh, if the Almighty would take no less wager of me than my heaven to have it done!
c. 1653 Dumfries Kirk S. 3 Jan.
Twa halff crownes which he gott from some drunk man wpon a needlese wager
1667 Melrose Reg. Rec. II 174.
[The pursuers] ware content to tak … what contrabutione they could have … out of that waidger betuixt William and John Wilsones
1681 Foulis Acc. Bk. 86.
Lost at a wadger with Lord Justice Clerk at Cramond fishing

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