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BAD, BADE, Baud, v.1, pa.t. of bid. Made an offer of, for; offered (a price) at an auction. In this sense the pa.t. is now bid, and the pa.p. bid and bidden in St.Eng., Sc. writers retain the past bad, bade, used by Dr Johnson. [bɑd, bed] Sc. 1851  J. M. Wilson Tales of the Borders (1857) XX. 256:
Some other individuals bade, and the bodes had arrived at ¥14,000.
Sc. 1864  J. H. Burton Scot Abroad II. 264:
They bade them up . . . until they reached 10,000 livres.
Abd.(D) 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb viii.:
And, accordingly, when Tam . . . “socht,” he somewhat curtly “bade” ten shillings less than the sum Tam mentioned.
Ags.(D) 1922  J. B. Salmond Bawbee Bowden ii.:
You ken you bade me bid, an' I just bade as I was bidden.
w.Rxb. 1802 ,
J. Sibbald Chron. Sc. Poetry IV. Gloss.:
Bad, baud, offered. Ba'd him, made him an offer of.

[Bad comes from bd, pa.t. (sing.) of biddan, to pray, but with the meaning of bēodan, to offer, the two verbs having been confused at an early date. The regular pl. of pa.t. bæd was bdon, but by form-levelling a pl. balden arose, from which comes our Mod.Sc. balde [bed]. O.Sc. has bald = [bɑ:d] and baide = [be:d].]

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