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Hich, a. Also: hiche, hyche, high. [Later var. of Heich a.] High, in various senses.(1) 1567 Crim. Trials I. i. 498.
The wall … he thocht … over hich
1596 Dalr. I. 6/10.
The mountanis and hiche cuntreyis
Ib. 35/28.
Sevin or viii cubites hich
1634 Edinb. Test. LVI. 224.
Ane … hich coffer
16.. Hist. Kennedy i.
Ane hiche hill
(2) a1585 Maitl. Q. xcv. 12.
Unto the hichest hevin
1595 St. A. Kirk S. 785.
The hichest degre of the penitent stuill
(3) 1576 Prot. Bk. W. Cumming 162.
Thrie buthis with the hyche hous
1643 Thanes of Cawdor 285.
The hich galrie abowe the great hall
1645 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 47.
Four hich windowes, … thrie laich windowes
1691 Brechin Test. VIII. 41 b.
In the high hall
(4) a1568 Bann. MS. 31 a/13.
Befoir that hich grand roy
c1536 Lynd. Compl. Bagsche 53.
I grew hich into the court
a1578 Pitsc. I. 18/8.
Schir Williame Crichtoun … quha is ane hich officair
a1585 Maitl. Q. xxxviii. 98.
O goddis hiche
1619 Thanes of Cawdor 249.
Johne earle of Mar, hiche thesaurar of Scotland
1646 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 70.
Ane supplication … to the hich parliament
(5) 1570 Leslie 96.
The hiche determinat will of … God
c1590 J. Stewart 76/103.
The hiche triumphe
(6) a1578 Pitsc. I. 70/1.
Hiche oppressioun
1643 Acts VI. 22/2.
Ane greate insolencie and hich offence
(7) 1627 Orkney Rentals iii. 77.
Att ane hicher rent nor thay may hair
(8) a1578 Pitsc. II. 62/9.
With hiche voyce

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