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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Aunter, Anter, n. Also: awnter, -ur, auntere, -ure, awntyr(e, -ur; antyr-, antar. [ME. auntre (c 1300), aunter, awnter, anter, northern auntur, -our, reduced form of Aventure n.]

1. An adventure, enterprise. c1420 Wynt. v. 4325.
Huchowne … made the gret Gest off Arthure, And the Awntyre [v.rr. aunturis, anteris, antyris, awenturis] off Gawane
c1500-c1512 Dunb. iv. 66.
Clerk of Tranent eik he [Death] has tane, That maid the anteris of Gawane

2. Chance, risk; fortune. 1456 Hay I. 131/3.
I say nocht na he sulde put all in amitie [read auntere] for the faith
Ib. II. 126/37.
It sal be … in grete aunter na he sall fall in malady uncurable
c1475 Wall. vii. 694.
Yhe wyrk nocht as the wys, Gyff that ye tak the awnter off supprice
Ib. xi. 298.
Bettir him thocht in Scotland for to be, And awntur tak othir for to leiff or de
a1500 Seven S. 1471.
Scho was chapit antaris twa
1493 Halyb. 100.
Master James put in my hand … on his anter 75 goldynis of gold
1498 Acta Conc. II. 283.
With anter and avingture fallin and for to fall
c1550 Rolland C. Venus ii. 153.
He tuik his anter, and inwart can he go
a1568 Bann. MS. 248 b/43.
God send me als gud anter

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