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NOO, adv. Also nou, nu (Abd. 1829 A. Cruickshank Poems 34; Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.). Gen. (exc. s.) Sc. forms of Eng. now. The s.Sc. form is reg. now. See P.L.D. § 101. Wodrow in his Letters and Analecta spells the Eng. form as nou. [nu:]

Sc. usages in Combs. and Phrs.: 1. ae noo, aye nu, see Eenoo and cf. 8.; 2. noodays, nowadays. Rare. The Gen.Sc. form is nooadays; 3. noo an' sae, nu —, so-so, middling, mediocre, neither good nor bad (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928); I.Sc. 1964); of persons: erratic in temperament or skill. See Sae; 4. noo an' (th)an, noos an' t(h)ans. -thens, -dans (Ork. 1904 Dennison Orcad. Sk. 27), -(n)an(s), -an(ce), nous-, now and then, now and again, from time to time (Sc. 1821 Scots Mag. (April) 352, 1867 N. Macleod Starling i.; Abd. 1882 G. Macdonald Castle Warlock vii.; Ags. 1891 Barrie Little Minister iv.; Bnff. 1917 Banffshire Jnl. (9 Oct.) 5; ne.Sc. 1964). Also attrib. and in form at noos an' nans, etc. (w. and s.Sc. 1887 Jam.); 5. noo-in (or a)-times, nowadays (Sh. 1964, -a-); 6. noonae, noona(-na), nownae, -ny, (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.), -nih, there now!, well then!, now then!, well, really! (Rxb. 1942 Zai), used as an expression of soothing or sympathy or of mild remonstrance (m. and s.Sc. 1964). See Na, adv.3, Na, int.; 7. noos an' again, now and again. Cf. 4.; 8. the noo, (1) just now, at present, at the moment, just a moment ago. Gen.Sc.: (2) in a moment, presently, forthwith. Gen.Sc. Also i(n) the noo. Construed as a n. but actually a corruption of Eenoo, Evenoo. Cf. 1. 1. Abd. 1829 A. Cruickshank Poems 34:
An jest aye nu, me an' some mair Were up amo' the heather there.
Bnff. 1895 N. Roy Horseman's Word i.:
Jean will be wi' us ae noo.
2. Per. 1893 R. Ford Harp Per. 347:
Noo-days, nae flesh-kind can we keep, But chockit kye, an' brazy sheep.
Abd. 1929 J. Alexander Mains & Hilly 32:
Gin ye miss the sizzon noodays, ye jist aboot miss the crap.
3. Sh. 1899 J. Spence Folk-Lore 239:
A' Sunday da wadder wis noo an' sae — a kind o' wasterly röd.
4. Sc. 1724 Ramsay T.-T. Misc. I. 22:
I pray'd but now and than.
Abd. p.1768 A. Ross Fortunate Shep. MS. 74:
At nows an thens, I wou'd my Henny see An' that made ev'ry Labour sweet to me.
Sc. 1824 S. Ferrier Inheritance II. xxx.:
“You have seen your minister, then, I suppose?” “Oo aye, honest man! he ca's in nows and thans.”
Gsw. 1862 J. Gardner Jottiana 30:
An' noos-an'-tans she frae her lip. The auld black cutty pipe did grip.
Bnff. 1872 W. Philip It 'ill a' come Richt xii:
I've been . . . gien a look for you, noos an 'an, this half-oor.
Kcb. 1894 Crockett Lilac Sunbonnet xxvii.:
Ye hae run ower to the “Black Bull” for a gless or two at noo's-an'-nan's.
Dmf. 1913 J. L. Waugh Cracks wi' R. Doo v.:
A consecrated spot in my auld hert . . . which, by noo-and-then communin's, I hae keepit it fresh and green.
Fif. 1916 G. Blaik Rustic Rhymes 39:
Some flaffins o' snaw jist noos an' nans fa'in.
Sc. 1935 D. Rorie Lum Hat 31:
It would be A weary warld gin we tint the chance O' daein' an antrin kindness noos an' ance.
5. Sh. 1928 Manson's Almanac 188:
Noo-in-times dis young men winna even go ta da craigs at dir very door.
6. Sc. 1843 Willie A rmstrong i. iv.:
Noo-na, noo-na, Lizzie — dinna tak on o' that gaet.
Sc. 1861 C. Roger Sc. Character 46:
Tapping affectionately the wounded branch, he exclaimed, in an old Scotch phrase intended to avert complaint, “Noo-na, noo-na!”
Kcb. 1893 Crockett Raiders xliv.:
“Noo na — noo na,” says she, aye fleechin' like.
Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) xiii.:
Ay did she, noo-na-na!
Rxb. 1927 E. C. Smith Braid Haaick 16:
Now nih! Ee ir a clever lassie. Now nih! Look what ee've duin.
Edb. 1931 E. Albert Herrin' Jennie iii. ii. 3:
“Nownie, nownie,” expostulated Jeanie soothingly, talking as if to a child.
Lnk. 1951 G. Rae Howe o' Braefoot 103:
Noonae, lassie [a mare], here ye are.
7. Kcb. 1896 A. J. Armstrong Kirkiebrae vi.:
Ye can come an' gie's a han' noo's an' again.
8. (1) Abd. 1720 Monymusk Papers (S.H.S.) 87:
I have little hops of him but can't gett off for a few days not having settled with him the now.
Rnf. 1828 Paisley Mag. 247:
It helps very much to make us cheery the now, as we are rather dull at this time of the year.
Mry. 1873 J. Brown Round Table Club 217:
Nae i-the-noo; wait a fillie.
Ags. 1889 Barrie W. in Thrums ii.:
The servant gaed in to Duff's the noo.
Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) iv.:
It's the auldness we're taen up aboot i' the noo.
m.Lth. 1894 P. H. Hunter J. Inwick xvii.:
There's no' muckle faut to fin' wi' the wather the noo.
Uls. 1908 Traynor (1953):
Where are you going the noo? How are you the noo?
(2) Kcb. 1894 Crockett Raiders v.:
Tell my mither I'll be doon the noo!
Fif. 1902 D. S. Meldrum Conquest of Charlotte ii. i.:
Tell her to hasten, for I'll be back i' the now.
Abd. 1912 G. Greig Mains's Wooin' 43:
Even suppose he disna come back the noo.
Knr. 1925 H. Haliburton Horace 216:
O gin I were a doo I wad flie awa the noo.
Slg. 1929 Scotch Readings (Paterson) 9:
I'll tak' a dauner ower to the village wi' it the noo.

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