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INWITH, adv., adj., n.

I. adv. Of rest: within, on the inner side (Sc. 1808 Jam.); of motion: inwards (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Bnff., Abd. 1958). Cf. Inby. Abd. 1836 J. Grant Tales 61:
I turns Charlie in-with till an ebb place 'at I thocht I kent.
Sc. 1901 N.E.D.:
Come inwith; ye'll be cauld outbye there.
Abd. 1952 Buchan Observer (25 Nov.):
The hearty welcome of Willie to gae step inwith wi' fadder.

II. adj. 1. Having an inward direction, tending towards the heart of the country, gen. from the viewpoint of a speaker on high ground, hence towards or in the low country. Cf. Inby, IV. 2., Inthrow; having a downward slope; easily accessible, conveniently placed (Mry.1 1925). Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 80, 93:
The morn I hope, will better prove, an' we Or e'en may chance some inwith place to see . . . But at the last upo' a burn I fell, Wi' bony even rode an' inwith sett, Ye meith hae row'd an apple a' the gate.

2. Fig. Self-interested, introspective (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 89).

III. n. The inner side. Rare and obs. in Eng. Slk. 1820 Hogg Winter Ev. Tales II. 184:
I carried them to different sides o' the water, an' laid them down agroof wi' their heads at the inwith.

[O.Sc. inwith, within, prep. 1501, adv. a.1500, adj. 1613; Mid.Eng. inwith, id., from in + with.]

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