Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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HOWE, n., adj.1 I. 1. phr. Add variant heights and howes.
Add quot.: m.Sc. 1939  James Barke The Land of the Leal (1987) 3:
He strode the heights and howes of the Rhinns dominating the earth as he dominated man and beast, ...

I. 2. Add quots.: ne.Sc. 1952  John R. Allan North-East Lowlands of Scotland (1974) 21:
Why do so many people persist on those bare uplands, those remote unlovely howes?
m.Sc. 1986  Colin Mackay The Song of the Forest 29:
They thought he was going to water his mount, for the roan wandered by the burnside, and over the howe of the bright water-grass it dallied.

I. 3. phrs. Add quot.: Abd. 1996  Sheena Blackhall Wittgenstein's Web 50:
Bi noo, at wirk, Norman stuck tae Henry like chuddy tae the howe o a buit.

II. 1. Add quot.: Ags. 1988  Raymond Vettese The Richt Noise 37:
I mean the richt
dauntin tattie-bogle
wi the fairmer's filshens
flafft i the wun,
a neep for a heid,
an' deep howe een,
besom-shank airms
an' a kist o strae.

II. 7. (4) Add variants howdumdeid, how-dumb-deid.
Add quots.: Sc. 1925  Hugh MacDiarmid Complete Poems Vol. 1. (1978) 27:
I' the how-dumb-deid o' the cauld hairst nicht
The warl' like an eemis stane
wags i' the lift;
ne.Sc. 1980  Lilianne Grant Rich Echo of Many Voices 51:
She's gotten a bairn
In the caul' howdumdeid;
He's there in the strae
Whaur the nowt tak' their feed ...
em.Sc. 1999  James Robertson The Day O Judgement 7:
In the how-dumb-deid, when aw the warld's
Fawn ower, lourd wi sleep,
The trumpet's sudden skirl will steir
Mankind wi'ts muckle threip.

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