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DOCHTER, n. Sc. form of Eng. daughter. Also dauchter, douchter, †do(u)ghter, da(a)chter. The form dochter is also found in Nhb. dial. For other forms see Dother, Dowter. [′doxtər, ′dɔ- Sc.. Sh. + ′dʌux-, Ork. ′dɑ:x-, ′dʌux-, Cai., ne.Sc. ‡′dɑx-, Edb. + ′dɑx-, Bwk. ′dɒ(:)x-, Rxb. ′dux-] Sc. 1724–27 Ramsay T. T. Misc. (1733) I. 8:
I'm come your doghter's love to win.
Sh. 1931 W. J. Tulloch in Sh. Almanac 192:
He hed fower douchters, very bonnie lasses.
Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 3:
An' sheu geed oot o' the chaepal; an' her five douchters followed her.
Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xxxii.:
My daachter: Maister Hadden, an aul' frien'.
m.Sc. 1917 J. Buchan Poems 26:
My dochter's servin' in the toun.
Ayr. 1788 Burns Jumpin John (Cent. ed.) ii.:
A vera guid tocher! a cotter-man's dochter, The lass with the bonie black e'e!
s.Sc. 1856 H. S. Riddell St Matthew xiv. 6:
The doughter o' Herodias.
Uls. 1879 W. G. Lyttle Readings 45:
Ye hae this day conferred on me the greatest favor it wuz in yer power tae bestow in givin' me yer dochter Maggie for a wife.

Hence dochterlie, adj., becoming to a daughter, daughterly (Abd. 1825 Jam.2).

[O.Sc. has dochter, douchter, doughter, from 1375, also later da(u)chter; O.E. dohtor, Mid.Eng. dohter. The forms with a are due to the influence of St.Eng.]

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