Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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HOO, adv. Add variant hou
1. Sc. forms of Eng. how, however.wm.Sc. 1985  Liz Lochhead Tartuffe 35:
They'll boast an' brag aboot yi, they'll kiss an' tell
Wi' who, an' hoo minny times, an' hoo well!
Ags. 1988  Raymond Vettese The Richt Noise 24:
I can tell hoo sair-duin-by Scotland is,
yet he's richt: he's got whit he needs
and it's a gey sicht mair nor monie anither.
m.Sc. 1996  John Murray Aspen 17:
Daith isnae
kennin hou ye mairked oor faimlie's dwyne
wi fadit cuttins gotten fae the Scotsman.
em.Sc. 1999  James Robertson The Day O Judgement 31:
An thus houiver great yer guilt,
Ye for his glory God will spare,
em.Sc. 2000  James Robertson The Fanatic 63:
' ... Even you wi yer odd sympathies, John, I think would find it no possible tae imagine hoo onybody could get pleisure oot o carnal relations wi a horse.'
Dundee 2000  Ellie McDonald Pathfinder 8:
Ye cudnae tell hou auld the Mini wis,
its burnt out shell abandoned at the cribbie.

2. Add quots.: Gsw. 1947  Margaret Hamilton in Moira Burgess and Hamish Whyte Streets of Stone (1985) 52:
He lifted Peter Abercromby's hat from its peg in the lobby and birled it into the kitchen. 'Ye needny be keepin' that ony mair.' 'How?'
wm.Sc. 1985  Liz Lochhead Tartuffe 46:
Quick! Pull over that table and get under it.
God help me, so that you can hide.
em.Sc.(a) 1991  Kate Armstrong in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 113:
Hoo dae the dominies aye speak braw?
Whit bides wi me, noo that Ah'm auld an faw?
Edb. 1993  Irvine Welsh Trainspotting (1994) 11:
How should ah go n see her? It's goat nowt tae dae wi me, ah sais defensively.
em.Sc. 2000  James Robertson The Fanatic 88:
To the paramedic he said, 'Where are ye takin him?'
'The Royal. How, ye gaunae send him flooers?'

2. Add Phr.: how no?, Add variant how not?. Why not?Rnf. 1972  Bill Bryden Willie Rough 89:
WILLIE: The bastart'll no start me. PAT: How no? WILLIE: Orders. For wan man I've got a lot o folk hell of a feart.
Gsw. 1987  Peter Mason C'mon Geeze Yer Patter! 58:
Aw, how no? Why not?
m.Sc. 1989  James Meek McFarlane Boils the Sea 164:
'How not?' 'Cause it smells.'

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"Hoo adv.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jun 2019 <>



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