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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Luf(f, v. Also: lufe, luif. [Var. of Lif v. Common in Leg. S.] To live, in various senses.(1) a1400 Leg. S. ii. 108, 9.
He dred and sad ‘Liffis thu?’ And he sad ‘Nero, I luff now’ ‘And quha has gert thé luf?’
Ib. iii. 498.(2) a1400 Leg. S. v. 539.
Quhene sancte John had luffit here Fullely fourscore and sextene ȝere
Ib. viii. 91, xliii. 616.(3) a1400 Leg. S. ii. 686.
Wit thu that in radnes I ma nocht luf in hartly es Till that thou liffis
Ib. iii. 944. Ib. xviii. 162.
Ilkane lufyt as hyme liste
Ib. xxiv. 108.
Fra thine in-to castyte Thai lufyt furth, scho & he
Ib. xxxii. 309, xlvi. 24. ?1438 Alex. ii. 5848.
Edeas on hir maneir Affectit, for hir amouris fyne. Hir lykit to lufe vnder that lyne
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 251 (Harl.).
To luf [v.rr. leif] in lawte iustlie but iniuris
(4) a1400 Leg. S. ii. 187.
Bot lestely I sall luf sine With my Lord Jhesu
Ib. vi. 295.(5) 1490 Irland Mir. I. 65/4.
For that tyme [sc. in the state of innocence] he [man] lufit of nurising as we do heire
a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxxviii. 10.
Seruandis and sic as luifis on fie

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