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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Agateward, Agaitward, adv. Also: agaitwart, -uart, -waird, agetward. [See Agateadv. and Ward, and cf. Gateward adv.] On the road or way. 1567 St. A. Kirk S. 295.
The said Petir … cam a gait wart to Sanctandrois
1590 Reg. Morton I. 170.
Finding my selff this far agaitwart I haif tane occasioune to ryd north
1603 Moysie Mem. 13.
The erles … wes that same day agaitwaird to retnrn to thair awin duellingis
16.. Hist. Kennedy 151.
Being than vpoun the feildis agaitward towards him
1628 Sutherland Corr. 147.
They red to Edinburgh agetward thair out off this towne

b. In fig. use. 1567 Q. Mary in Keith Hist. II. 599.
Eftir he had be thir meanis … brocht ws agaitward to his intent
1590 Reg. Morton I. 169.
Sen it is sa far agaitwart, I wald it wer at sum point
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. xxiv. 58.
It seimd I wes a gaituard in hir grace
1609 Rep. Hist. MSS., Var. Coll. V. 113.
Seing I am sua far agaitvart I will … desyre yowe to be instant with his Lordship

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