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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.

THEGITHER, adv. Also thegether (Sc. 1822 Scott F. Nigel xxxvii.; Crm. 1857 H. Miller Scenes and Leg. 467; Hdg. 1876 J. Teenan Song 34; Sc. 1893 Stevenson Catriona xxx.; Fif. 1896 G. Setoun R. Urquhart iv.; Abd. 1904 W. A. G. Farquhar Fyvie Lintie 60); thegidder (Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xvii., 1930 Abd. Univ. Review (March) 103); ¶thegiddy (Sc. 1820 Blackwood's Mag. (Nov.) 202); taegither (Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 31); tagedder (Sh. 1886 J. Burgess Sketches 31, 1914 Angus Gl., Sh. 1972); tagidder; †togidder (Rxb. 1703 Trans. Hawick Arch. Soc. (1902) 53). Sc. forms of Eng. together (Sc. 1750 Scots Mag. (March) 113; Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 164; Ayr. 1786 Burns Twa Dogs 39; Sc. 1815 Scott Guy M. lxvi.; Ags. 1899 Barrie W. in Thrums v.; Per., Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1915–26 Wilson; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Rxb. 1942 Zai; Uls. 1953 Traynor). Gen.Sc. See The, 10. (3) and also 'Egither. [ðə ′gɪðər; Sh. tə′gɪder]

Gsw. 1990 John and Willy Maley From the Calton to Catalonia 1:
When they three goat thegither an came up against the Spanish workers, they didnae expect the Calton tae offer handers.
Sc. 1991 R. Crombie Saunders in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 27:
Or gin mysel an luve had ches to flee
Out o thy hert thegither, I wad dree
Mair lichtlie tho my gledness suld be skaith.
Sh. 1994 Laureen Johnson in James Robertson A Tongue in Yer Heid 169:
I minded foo Annie an me used ta geng for lang walks an spaek, an sometimes just sit tagidder an greet.
Lnk. 1995 Des Dillon Me & ma Gal 21:
Well, me an Gal started hangin around thegether. The town was criss-crossed by millions an millions of railways. They went everywhere so they did.
ne.Sc. 1996 W. Gordon McPherson in Sandy Stronach New Wirds: An Anthology of Winning Poems and Stories from the Doric Writing Competitions of 1994 and 1995 59:
Well, they gid oot for a traivel in the wid ae fine hairst nicht, an they waar jokin an lauchin thegidder.
m.Sc. 1996 John Murray Aspen 13:
a knotless threid
like a fushonless fantasie
cannae thegither onythin jyne.
Edb. 1998 Gordon Legge Near Neighbours (1999) 57:
When Donalda first moved in Moffat had given some consideration to the possibility that the pair of them maybe just might at some point or other end up the gether.
wm.Sc. 2000 Liz Lochhead Medea 4:
I dream of a dagger thrust in yon double bed
skewering the lovers thegither
I see the skailt blood of Kreon the king
she's capable of onything

Sc. usages in phrs.: (1) a' thegitherawthegither, aathegither, altogether, each and all, nothing but, freq. appears in tmesis with the governed n. or adj. interpolated (see quots.). Gen.Sc.; (2) to draw or gae (gang) thegither, to get married. See also Draw, v., 2., 16. (13), Gae, v., III. 20.(1) Ayr. 1786 Burns Twa Dogs 222:
They're a' run deils an' jads thegither.
Slk. 1818 Hogg B. of Bodsbeck vii.:
I fear our county's a' wrang thegither.
Rnf. 1873 D. Gilmour Pen' Folk 22:
“Kirk time,” which they averred “was a' soliloquey thegither.”
Abd. 1912 G. Greig Mains's Wooin' 19:
It's a' lees thegither.
wm.Sc. 1980 Anna Blair The Rowan on the Ridge 18:
"The Jacks' beast's behind the hallam and there's yon other door for takin' her in and oot. And the Wallaces at Kilford has a different biggin' for theirs a'thegether. ..."
Dundee 1991 Ellie McDonald in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 84:
'Ye theivan wee pyat, its tane or its tither,
deil kens yer wame maun be whummlan aroun'
But naa, tho I'm lossan the rag aathegither,
yon dour feckless tyke is biddan abuin.
em.Sc. 2000 James Robertson The Fanatic 63:
'I was hardly close tae Jean Weir,' Lauder said, his face reddening. 'I didna ken her at aw. I felt sorry for her. It was a bad business awthegither.'
(2) Sc. 1752 Charmer 68:
Gi'e me a lass with a lump of land, And we for life shall gang the gither.
Edb. 1895 J. Tweeddale Moff 206:
What say 'e tae you and me drawin' thegither.

[O.Sc. thegidder, 1443.]

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