Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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ATHOOT, prep., adv., conj. A dial. form of without. (Also in Eng. dial.) [ə′θut]

1. prep., in various senses of without. Gen.Sc. Sh.(D) 1906 T. P. Ollason Spindrift 13:
Hit's a goadless affair at daecent folk can't come athoot dir door, athoot bein' afronted an' miscaad ta dir face.
Bnff.2 1929:
I dig awa' athoot ae bawbee in my pooch. — I doot that's athoot his poo'er.
Ags.(D) 1922 J. B. Salmond Bawbee Bow'den vii.:
He had on . . . a claw'd-hammer coat athoot ane o' the tails.
Edb. 1893 W. G. Stevenson Wee Johnnie Paterson 77:
Maybe Maggie's better athoot it.
Uls.(D) 1886 W. G. Lyttle Sons of the Sod iv.:
Ye ken that athoot axin.

2. adv Outside. Gen.Sc. Kcb.4 1900:
Athoot is ootbye, whar wun' an' rain may tak' their wull o' ye.

3. conj. Unless. Gen.Sc. Lnk.1 1932:
We can dae naething athoot we hear fae him.
Gall.(D) 1901 Trotter Gall. Gossip 109:
But that didna mak them Saxons, athoot eatin the Saxons' beass for fower hunner year had some effec that wey.

[From withoot, by slurring of the unstressed first syllable. Cf. Athin.]

Athoot prep., adv., conj.

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