Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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.
Athoot is ootbye, whar wun' an' rain may tak' their wull o' ye.
3. conj. Unless. Gen.Sc.
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.
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