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BAITH, Baid, Bath, Beeth, Beath, pron., adj. and conj. Having the same meanings as St.Eng. both. Gen.Sc. [beθ Sc. but Cai. + biθ; biəθ s.Sc.; bed I.Sc.]
1. pron.Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 50:
Wae's me, for baith I canna get.Sc. 1832 A. Henderson Sc. Proverbs (1881) 23:
A father is a treasure, a brither is a comfort, but a friend is baith.Sh.(D) 1931 J. J. H. Burgess in Sh. Almanac 185:
Twa men oot o' wir boat's crew wis geen ower ta da majority, an' I wis been best man ta baid o' dem.Cai.(D) 1909 D. Houston 'E Silkie Man 3:
'Ey beeth steed 'ere a while.Sth. 1996 Gordon Stewart in Timothy Neat The Summer Walkers: Travelling People and Pearl-Fishers in the Highlands of Scotland 103:
Noo whorday is drawin near
An I mun sune leave ye
I worked ye baith for mony a year
Tae pairt wi ye does grieve me.em.Sc. 2000 James Robertson The Fanatic 101:
'Is it you, James Mitchel? Aye, come in. He is here. We are baith here, lamentin that puir broken laddie.'Edb. 1795 H. MacNeill Scotland's Scaith xvii.:
Far frae hame, nae time for stoppin, Baith wish'd for their ain fire-side.wm.Sc. 1985 Liz Lochhead Tartuffe 7:
You're no feart! You ken better than mention
The words "auld" and "lady" in the wan braith
She'd say: you're nae chicken either, you're baith
The wrang side o' forty, ... Gsw. 1990 John and Willy Maley From the Calton to Catalonia 18:
It wiz ma that taen it, Jamie. Ah've planked it. We wur baith sick a listenin tae it. We know it aff by heart.
2. adj.Sc. 1896 R. L. Stevenson Weir of Hermiston viii.:
Haud your heart in baith your hands.Abd.  A. Ross Helenore (1866) 240:
And in a hint he claspt her hard and fast, With bath his gardies round about the waist.Abd. 1991 David Ogston in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 118:
An shooder stuck an baith
My feet wis sleepin.Abd. 1995 Flora Garry Collected Poems 19:
This hoose is yours, the gear, the folk
Ootside an in, baith but an ben. Lth.  G. Bruce Poems (1813) 19:
Guid frien', wad ye tak my advice, For baith ways I ken brawly.
3. conj.Sc. 1714 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 15:
Eydent baith be Night and Day.Sh. 1993 New Shetlander Sep 22:
"We need fish baeth for noo an for winter" she said.Abd.(D) 1809 J. Skinner Amusements, etc. 63:
She never threaten'd scab nor rot, But keepit ay her ain jog-trot, Baith to the fauld and to the cot.Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry Storm'd 48:
At anes the balls baith up and under Begoud to rattle on like thunder.Wgt. 1804 R. Couper Poems II. 68:
An aiken chair baith auld and frail.
4. Phrases: (1) baith the twa, both (Cai., Bnff., Abd., Ags., Edb., Gsw., Ayr., Rxb. 2000s); (2) the baith of, id.(1) Abd. www.abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone/kist :
... but bairns they hed nane, sin Elspeth wis barren an baith the twa o them wis weill up in years.Gall.(D) 1901 Trotter Gall. Gossip 82:
An aul' wife yt keepit a familiar spirit in the shape o' a black Manx cat, or a black swine-pig, or baith the twa o' them.s.Sc. 1873 Murray D.S.C.S. 175:
The faither an' sun war theare beath the tweae o' them.(2) Slg.1 1932:
Come oot o' that, the baith of ye.Edb. 2003:
Yer daft! The baith o ye!wm.Sc. 1985 Liz Lochhead Tartuffe 26:
Again! Yiz'll be the daith o' me!
Don't be stupit! C'mere the baith o' ye.
5. Comb.: baithways, in both directions.Sc. 1924 J. Chalmers in Sc. Mag. (Nov.) 101:
Ye striddle owre a strae, An' Janus face, lookin' baithways, up an' doon brae.
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