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No, a. and adv.1 Also: noe, noo. Common anglicized var. of Na a. and adv.1(1) 1456 Hay II. 136/1.
Than suld he nocht dout of no malady
c1460 Thewis Gud Women 152.
Na ȝit reprowyt in no degre
c1475 Wall. i. 169, iii. 304. 15.. Clar. i. 1323. a1570-86 Maitl. F. xlvii. 40. 1600 Elgin Rec. II. 78.
That they sall nocht gif no tokynes quyetlie
1633 Orkney Witch Trial in Misc. Abbotsf. C. I. 151.
Becaus he could not get no fisch that ȝeir
1659-60 A. Hay Diary 149.
He wold tak no money from me upon no termes
(2) 1456 Hay II. 81/29.
Or that has no manere service
c1420 Ratis R. 513. c1450-2 Howlat 605. c1475 Wall. iv. 660, vii. 347. a1500 Colk. Sow iii. 10.
No fruct nor proffeit
a1500 K. Hart 48.
No greif nor grame
1487 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 42.
No catall
Brus ix. 378 (C).
Thai had no dreid than of the King
Ib. xi. 169. a1500 Lanc. 2351. a1500 Bk. Chess 823. 1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. 186 (E).
Certes, nane. Sum hes! No wicht?
c1500-c1512 Dunb. G. Targe 170 (Ch. & M.). Id. Tua Mar. W. 245.
I vis ther is no way othir, Now tydis me for to talk
Ib. 454. 1529 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 103.
That he did hir no skayth
1535 Stewart 54654.
For to do no ill
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 4665. 1558-66 Knox II. 248. 1570 Leslie 37. a1585 Maitl. Q. lxx. 22. 1613 Fraserburgh Kirk S. 24 (13 Oct.). 1649 Inverness Presb. 151. 1661 Brodie Diary 233.
Noe laik elders
1680 Sheriffhall Coal Accompt Aug. 28.
Noo work this weik
1688 Tryal Philip Standsfield 27.
There is no fear of that!
(3) c1420 Bute MS. 156 b.
At that gyfing is noworth
c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 1415.
His destrall That fra thine furth was no worth to ryde
Brus v. 510 (C).
That [this] wes no gabbing
c1475 Wall. v. 693.
With my gud will I wyll no lemman be To no man born
Ib. vii. 401. c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 359 (Ch. & M.).
He wes no glaidsum gest for a gay lady
Ib. 503.(4) 1513 Doug. vii. x. 25.
No quhile
1535 Stewart 13856.
With auerice that no tyme can cry ho
(5) 1428 Liber Melros 521.
adv. Thai couth part it no rychtar na [etc.]
c1420 Ratis R. 1558.
To that say I no forthir now
Brus vii. 261. c1475 Wall. i. 331, v. 827. a1500 K. Hart 893. 15.. Clar. iv. 2004.
Not one of them no longer wald abyde
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 1282.
No better
a1568 Scott xx. 14.

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