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Haf, Haff, v. Also: haffe, hauf, hauff. [Northern ME. haf infin., haf, hafs pres. tense (a 1300). Var. of Hafe, Have v. Common in early texts; rare after 1520. In some cases merely scribal for the form with the long vowel, as the rhymes show.] Infin. and pres. tenses of ‘to have’.(1) a 1350 Facs. Nat. MSS. II. 14.
Pro focali percipiendo cum indiguerint [gl. thay haf mister]
1375 Barb. vi. 334.
Bot he haf wit to steir his stede
a1400 Leg. S. Prol. 31.
Quha-sa wil nocht sal haf blam
Ib. xli. 380.
A fare ryng, Ane admyrald hafand thare-in
1391 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 379.
The whilk name war nocht likly it suld haf [etc.]
14.. Acts I. 333/2.
The pottis at thai haf
c1450-2 Howlat 913.
I haf no falowe
c1460 Thewis Gud Women 108.
Gif euer scho thinkis To haf honour
1456 Reg. Dunferm. 340.
Al my richt that I had, hafis, or may haue
1488 Acta Aud. 117/2.
That the Archidene suld haf all the land
c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 19/16.
A prest hafand jurisdictoun of the synnare
a1500 Bk. Chess 2186.
That sic wertu we haf [:saif]
(b) 1375 Barb. iii. 316.
We..haffis oft-sys of met sik ned
Ib. xiii. 305.
‘Haffis gud day’
14.. Acts I. 72/2.
Henry … haffand the ward of the said … landis
1432 Lamont P. 13.
The superiorite at the said Robert clamis to haff
1456 Hay I. 130/2.
Suppos he haffe ath till his lorde
1475 Lennox Mun. 104.
All other fredomys [etc.]..that pertenys ony malar to haff
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxi. 44.
And thairoff ȝe haff all the wyt
1533 Douglas Corr. 141.
Qwyl I haff ȝour ansowr
1579 Black Bk. Taymouth 142.
Abill till haff ane ewyll ending
(c) 1518 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 47.
Quhar thai [sc. swine] be comprehendit wythin ony scatht ... the said comprehender sall follow the said suyn to the awner of the samyn and caus him hauff for his scatht ii s. ... of ilka suyn
1528 Acta Conc. MS. XXXIX. 16.
That he hauf … twa falconis
(2) 1405 Douglas Corr. 65.
The Haly Gast yow haff in his yhemsall
1420 Liber Aberbr.53.
The said landis … quhilkis we haf in … herytage
c1450 Cr. Deyng 239.
He suld … haf his hart rady to do thar-to
c1420 Ratis R. 960.
Haf … his dedis in disspyt
a1500 Seven S. 133.
Scho thocht allway to haf him deid
a1585 Maitland Maitl. Q. l. 19.
Sum hafand Ane work in hand
(3) 1375 Barb. v. 392.
The gudis … Thai thoucht that thai mycht haf avay
Ib. 721.
Thair fayis … Gert haf thair men … In cartis till ane haly sted
a1400 Leg. S. ii. 587.
To haf tham to the forsad towne
Ib. xxiii. 395.
I sal haf ȝow thame till Quhare thai sit
(4) a1400 Leg. S. i. 14.
Petir … To byg myn wark one haff I tane
Ib. ii. 237.
Quhene we Haf thé slane
1387 Edinb. Chart. 35.
The qwhylk patronne thay haf sene
1416 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 247.
Be it mad kend … me … tyl haffe wedset and … tyl haff lattyn [etc.]
1460 Ayr Chart. 34.
We haff grantit
Thai haff wndertakyn
1468 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 24.
We hauf rassauyt … your lettere
c1475 Wall. i. 12.
It is weyle knawyne … How thai haff wrocht
1581 Lanark B. Rec. 81.
Alleging the said kow to haf been in his beir
1582 Waus Corres. I. 236.
I haff thocht it gud [etc.]

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