A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Luf(e, Luff, v.2 (In the following somewhat ambiguous passages it seems more likely that the verb Lof(e ‘to praise’ rather than Lufe ‘to love’ was originally intended, and that these spellings have resulted from author's or copyist's confusion of the two verbs: cf. also Louf v.). — Brus i. 365.
Leavte to luff is gretumly Ib. viii. 436 (C).
Me think men suld him luf of [E. love with] skill 1456 Hay II. 27/30.
And the office of knychthede, that sa mekle is lufit and prisit and honourit [F. qui tant est honnoree office] war till … destroy the pore folk c1460 Consail Vys Man 93.
Serve thi maister … And luf weil al thing that he louis And commend nocht at he reprwys ?a1500 Dewoit Exerc. 75.
O sweit Lord Jesu Crist, I desir hertlie to thank ȝow and lufe ȝow for the greit meiknes that ȝe had befor King Herod (c 1580) Alex. ii. 9944.
Thay did sa mekle that commonly All men thame lufis [F. loe] generally
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