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OOR, n. Also ooer; hoor (Lnk. 1882 J. Carmichael Poems 36; Abd. 1912 G. Greig Main's Wooin' 7); heur. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. hour. See P.L.D. § 40. [u:r]

1. As in Eng. Deriv. oorly, hourly (Abd. 1916 G. Abel Wylins 136). Abd. 1751  Monymusk Papers (S.H.S.) 240:
To compear before the said baillie this day in the heur of cause.
Fif. 1864  W. D. Latto T. Bodkin iv.:
He . . . sits “hoo-hooin'” to himsel' on the clog by the door-cheek for oors an' oors on end.
Sh. 1899  J. Spence Folk-Lore 242:
Da ooer dat I heard dat he wis nae mair.
Arg. 1901  N. Munro Doom Castle iii.:
Twa oors syne . . . I gied them to twa gaun-aboot bodies.
Rxb. 1917  Kelso Chron. (13 April) 2:
Milk-sellers rapping up households “an 'oor afore the time.”
Cai. 1929  John o' Groat Jnl. (13 Dec.):
'E maister is sittin' 'ere; feint a muckle differ on him til 'is oor an' day.

Phrs.: (1) a blue hour, a time of quarrelling. Cf. Blue Day, 2.; (2) guid oor, int., for a mercy, for a wonder (Sh. 1964). See (Guid and cf. Ill-oor; (3) in guid hour, in good time, opportunely. (1) Abd. 1872  J. G. Michie Deeside Tales 119:
Some while after this the lairds met in the moss, an' there was like to be a blue hour between them.
(3) Fif. 1827  W. Tennant Papistry Storm'd 81:
In guid hour you're come, perfay, To gi'e our filthy freirs a fray.

2. In pl., in expressions of time: o'clock; time of day. For comb. fower-hours see Fower, 5. Sc. 1706  Acts Gen. Assembly 17:
To meet and conveen . . . at Ten Hours in the Forenoon.
Wgt. 1708  Session Bk. Glasserton MS. (24 Oct.):
To meet with the minister upon Fryday next for distribution of the poors money about ten hours.
Sc. 1776  D. Herd Sc. Songs II. 176:
If at ele'en hours you list to rise, Ye's hae your dinner dight in a new guise.
Ayr. 1822  Galt Sir A. Wylie x.:
I thought ye would hae had that o'er by twal hours.
Lnk. 1825  Jam.:
The same mode of expressing time is still used in some counties, through all the numbers commonly employed in reckoning; as twa-hours, two o'clock, three-hours, three o'clock . . . Even the first numeral is conjoined with the plural noun; ane-hours, one o'clock.
Ayr. 1871  J. K. Hunter Life Studies 23:
When it cam' near to ten hours at e'en.
Ayr. 1887  J. Service Dr. Duguid 154:
“What's your oors, doctor?” “Weel,” said I, “Hugh, it's exactly two minutes to two with me.”

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