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BY-ORDINAR, Bye —, By-or'nar, adj. and adv. [′bɑɪ′ɔrdnər, ′bɑɪ′ɔrnər Sc., but em. and wm.Sc. + -or(d)nər]

1. adj. Extraordinary, unusual, out of the common. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1834 H. Miller Scenes and Legends (1850) xviii.:
The ring's a bonny ring, an' something bye ordinar.
Abd. 1923 J. Lawrence in Bnffsh. Jnl. (13 Feb.) 2:
Miss Milne, who “keepit hoose” for her brother, was a woman “by-ordinar.”
em.Sc. (a) 1931 J. Ressich in Glasgow Herald (8 Aug.):
Sam . . . could baith read an' write — an' that wis mair by-ordinar' in thir days nor ye micht think.
Fif. 1896 D. S. Meldrum Grey Mantle and Gold Fringe 242:
That wouldn't keep people in the street; and something far more by-ordinar, I knew, had to account for my walking into a stir.
Ayr. 1889 H. Johnston Chron. of Glenbuckie 259:
It's by-or'nar what's revealed to bruit beasts.

2. adv. Extraordinarily, unusually. Gen.Sc. Ags. 1924 A. Gray Any Man's Life 45:
It is indeed A maist byordinar bonny nicht.
Per. 1903 H. MacGregor Souter's Lamp 98:
Ye're no byor'nar late, takin' a'thing into consideration.
Gsw. 1879 A. G. Murdoch Rhymes and Lyrics 51:
Thanks to his “bonnet,” what he said Was aye by or'nar harkit.

[For first element, see By, prep. (3).]

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