Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
TITHER, pron., adj. Also tedder (Sh. 1898 Shetland News (5 March)), tidder (Abd. c.1782 Ellis E.E.P. V. 773; Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.; Sh., Abd. 1972), tiddir; tuther (Rxb. 1863 Trans. Hawick Arch. Soc. I. 31). Sc. forms and usages of Eng. (now dial.) tother, in Sc. regularly following the def. art. [′tɪðər; Sh., ne.Sc. ′tɪdər; s.Sc. ′tʌðər]
I. pron. The other or second of two, freq. in opposition to Tane, q.v. Gen.Sc.
Sc. 1724 Ramsay T.-T. Misc. (1876) I. 28:
The tane to had the grots The tither to had the meal. Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 60:
The tane wi' yellow hair, the tither gray. Ayr. 1792 Burns Scroggam iii.:
That the heat o' the taen might cool the tither. Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry Storm'd 11:
The tither, nae less brym in zeal. Uls. 1879 W. G. Lyttle Readings 9:
Pittin' yin han' on the tap o' my head, I gruppit my nose wae the tither. Sc. 1893 Stevenson Catriona xxix.:
Ye canna tell the tane frae the tither. Per. 1935 W. Soutar Poems (1961) 100:
Stane-blind he was; but kent nae doot His ae thoumb frae the tither. Sh. 1947 New Shetlander (June–July) 10:
Wan settled on a mülde koose, da tiddir on da hill.
II. adj. 1. Other, alternative, second of two (or more), another (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.); previous, recent, just gone. Gen.Sc. Comb. tither-shither, other people (Cai. 1934). See Shither.
Abd. 1754 R. Forbes Journal 27:
On the tither hand I did na' care to stilp upo' my queets. Ayr. 1784 Burns Epitaph J. Rankine 1–2:
Ae day, as Death, that gruesone carl, Was driving to the tither warl'. Gall. 1828 W. McDowall Poems 44:
Then on the tither han', allege, God is a strong vindictive judge. Uls. 1879 “Robin” Hum. Readings 77:
She sut doon awa at the tither side o' the lum. Per. 1895 R. Ford Tayside Songs 82:
“The wife,” quo' Jolm, “is no sae richt; She rack'd her side the tither nicht.” Ork. 1904 Dennison Sketches 23:
When folk cam' in tae the hoose the tither day.
2. Additional, extra, yet another, next. Gen.Sc.
Sc. 1724 Ramsay T.-T. Misc. (1874) I. 8:
The lover he gae her the tither kiss. Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 215:
Still making tight wi' tither steek, The tither hole, the tither eik. Ayr. 1786 Burns Ordination xiv.:
Come, bring the tither mutchkin in. Bwk. 1801 “Bwk. Sandie” Poems 85:
I'll ay exchange the tither sang, Dear friend, wi' you. Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xxiii.:
Giein' aye the tither stown glance ootower his shoother. Gsw. 1877 A. G. Murdoch Laird's Lykewake 183:
Aye he cut the tither slice frae aff the kebbuck heel. Ags. 1892 A. Reid Howetoon 95:
There sud 'a been munelicht, but the cutty jinkit aye in ahint the tither clud. Fif. 1952 B. Holman Behind the Diamond Panes 86:
Many a miner was always anxious to get “anither tither yin,” meaning another hutch of coal to give anything like a living wage.
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