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Ony-thing, pron. and adv. Also: onye-, onie-, onné- and -thinge, -thyng. [ME. (Chaucer) and e.m.E. (Caxton) ony-thyng, ME. (c 1400) and e.m.E. anything, ME. eny-thinge etc., OE. ǽniᵹ þing.]

Anything, in applications of Ony a. 1 and 2. (= Ocht.) a. pron.(1) 1375 Barb. v. 50 (E).
[They] dyspytyt yow mar, schir King, Than men may dispyt ony thing
Ib. vi. 64 (C).
Giff I may heir ony thyng I sall ger varn ȝow
a1400 Leg. S. xxix. 290.
That the feynd sal haf na powere In ony thing thi sawle to dere
14.. Burgh Laws c. 61 (A).
Na man … sal pas … vtouth the ȝettis of the burgh for to by ony thing
c 1476 Lennox Mun. 106. a1500 Prestis of Peblis 1139.
I can nocht get a freind … That dar now tak in hand for onie thing With me for to compeir befoir ȝon king
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xliv. 22.
In lak of thame [women] quha can say ony thing
1560 Inverness Rec. I. 46.
And forder thair wes na vitnes to condame or pref onne thing on Ellyn Thomson accep ane
1562-3 Winȝet I. 60/13.
Without altering or eiking ony thing
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. xvi. 24.
As wes the custome in our eldaris dayis Quhen that thai iimaid triumphe for ony thing
a1578 Pitsc. I. 197/25.
Gif ony thing war in missing
a1585 Maitland Maitl. Q. xi. 76.
Onye thing
(2) 1375 Barb. i. 206.
And gyff that ony man … Had ony thing that wes worthy
a1400 Leg. S. iii. 747.
Bot fore ony thinge thai mycht do, Thai cuth nocht [etc.]
?1438 Alex. ii. 4583.
Is nane of ȝow … That of myne sall haue ony thing Bot [etc.]
1504 Justiciary Rec. I. 346.
Til do or attempe ony thing incontrare or breking of this our speciale licence
c1520-c1535 Nisbet I. 4.
Noither has he neid of ony thing els bot [etc.]
1530 Aberd. B. Rec. I. xxxvii.
We ar oure small mene to hald ony thing fra your lordschipe ye haue rycht to
1566–7 Misc. Maitl. C. III. 186.
Gif ony his evill willaris … wald presume ony thing to his hurt
1570 Leslie 56.
His eldest sone quha wes maist precious of ony thing in erd to him
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 93.
Gif thai knew ony thing of the ingiving of the same
a1578 Pitsc. I. 143/28.
No man … supponit ony thing of hir bot [etc.]
1585 James VI Ess. 65.
Be warre with composing ony thing in the same maner as hes bene ower oft vsit of before

b. adv. To any extent, at all. ?1438 Alex. i. 3040.
Quhen he preissit is onything
1560 Rolland Seven S. 429.
Gif he persauis … That his bed is remouit ony thing [etc.]

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