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Nor, conj.2 [Origin not clear: ? an adaptation of Nor conj.1 on the analogy of Na conj.2 and conj.3Ultimately superseding Na conj.3 but of later origin, all the apparent early instances being from recensions of the 16th c.; ? at first only before vowels.]

Than.Also b. = than if. Les nor: see Les a., adv. and conj. C.Other early examples:(a) Before vowels and h: Troy-bk. ii. 2402; Prestis of Peblis 558; Dunb. xxvii. 96, xlix. 20, l. 7; Stewart 6331, 8266; 1536 Lynd. Answ. Flyting 31, c1536 Id. Compl. Bagsche 154, 1540 Id. Sat. 2868, c1550 Id. Meldrum 1081, 1364; Compl. 3/26; 1557 Peebles B. Rec. I. 236, 1565 Ib. 299.(b) Before consonants: ?1438 Alex. i. 629, 2352, etc.; a1500 Rauf C. 546; c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 196, Id. xxx. 22, etc.; 1535 Stewart 142, 7514. 1541 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 105; 1545 Reg. Privy C. I. 3; 1540 Lynd. Sat. 531, c1552 Id. Mon. 633; Compl. 12/16; Q. Kennedy Breif Tract. 114/12; Buch. Wr. 24.(1) c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 3216.
And euirie man fersar nor vther was
1531 Glasgow Prot. IV. 39.
Ony mair anwell … nor fyf crownis
1533 Boece vi. i. 185.
Mare be boist nor lufe
1535 Stewart 55480.
Als hetter nor ony fyre
1540 Crim. Trials I. i. 228.
Affirmeing that it stude him to no les nor his lyff
1550 15th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. viii. 22.
Mair nor I suld have had
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 267.
Mekill wors nor mad
1564 Reg. Privy C. I. 287.
Na bettir … remedy could be devysit nor to reduce the saidis materis in [etc.]
1566 Bk. Univ. Kirk I. 89.
The tyrants darre no more be sein in lawfull judgment nor darre the howlets in the day light
1567 G. Ball. 1.
For thay wil soner consaue the trew word nor quhen thay heir it sung in Latine
1567 Sat. P. iii. 126. 1570 Misc. Bann. C. I. 47* .
That I was evir mair rashe nor wyse
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. xciv. 63. 1577 Waus Corr. 146. a1578 Pitsc. II. 141/13.
He wald nocht put away his hure noe mor nor the bischope of Sanctandrois wald put his away
Ib. I. 75/19, etc. 1582 Reg. Privy C. III. 529.
Rather nor for the said Maister Johnnes caus
1584 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 715.
He had na mair grace … Nor it had bene ane hieland quow
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 282.
Moir noy nor I had neuir nane
1581-1623 James VI Poems I. 68/51; Id. Basil. Doron 11/3, etc. 1596 Dalr. II. 184/25, etc. 1604-31 Craig i. 35/17. a1598 Ferg. Prov. MS. No. 1300.
Thair is mo wayes to the wood nor one
a1628 Carmichael Prov. No. 286. 16.. Acts V. (1817) 309 (Jam.).
Nothing les intendit … nor … totall destructioun
1635 Dickson Hebrews 6, etc. 1637 Rutherford Lett. (1891) 275; 1643–4 Ib. 616. 1639 Lanark B. Rec. 133. 1640-1 Kirkcudbr. Min. Bk. 69. 1641 Baillie I. 365. 1644 Strathbogie Presb. 47. a1650 Row 7, 213. a1651 Calderwood V. 557. 1668 Red Bk. Grandtully II. 183. 1672 M. Bruce Rattling Dry Bones 37. 1682 Peden Lords Trumpet 20.(2) 1565 Facs. Nat. MSS. III. lvi.
Far vther nor ever I deserved
1579 Conv. Burghs I. 100.
At any vther port vther nor at hir ladinning port
1586 Jurid. Rev. IV. 298.
The Kingis Advocat would have the Kingis actis otherwise understand nor they mean
1622-6 Bisset II. 100/19. a1651 Calderwood I. 4.
No other nor the Scots
b. a1586 Maitland Ho. Seytoun 45.
The biggin [and repairs] … wes mair costlie to the said lord nor he had biggit the samyn fra the grund vp

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