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YOUR, poss. adj. Also Sc. forms, chiefly in unstressed position: yer (Rnf. a.1810 R. Tannahill Poems (1900) 204; s.Sc. 1834 Wilson's Tales of the Borders I. 3; Mry. 1873 J. Brown Round Table Club 334, Wgt. 1877 “Saxon” Gall. Gossip 3; Rxb. 1901 W. Laidlaw Poetry 29; Abd. 1923 L. Coutts Hotch Potch 12), yere (Per. c.1800 Lady Nairne Songs (Rogers 1905) 255, Edb. 1828 D. M. Moir Mansie Wauch xiv.; Abd. 1917 D. G. Mitchell Clachan Kirk 126), yeer (Edb. c.1770 J. Nasmyth Autobiog. (1883) 21, 1886 R. F. Hardy Within a Mile vii.), yeir-, yir (ne.Sc. 1881 W. Gregor Folk-Lore 147; Per. 1894 I. MacLaren Brier Bush 11; Ags. 1929 Scots Mag. (May) 150), and reduced form 'r (Ags. 1830 Perthshire Adv. (3 June)). See also Eer, poss. adj. Hence yerlane (Abd. 1917 D. G. Mitchell Clachan Kirk 190), yirleen (Abd. 1924 Swatches o' Hamespun 66), alone by yourself. See Lane, adj.; yoursel(l) (Sc. 1736 Ramsay Proverbs (1776) 7; Ayr. 1786 Burns Ep. to a Young Friend v.; Sc. 1815 Scott Guy M. ix., 1886 Stevenson Kidnapped xi.; Gen.Sc.), yersel (Rxb. c.1885 W. Laidlaw Poetry (1901) 45, Edb. 1893 W. G. Stevenson Wee Johnny Patterson 36; Abd. 1928 P. Grey Making of a King 8), yeirsel (Uls. 1844 R. Huddleston Poems 70), yirsel (Dmf. 1899 Country Schoolmaster (Wallace) 373), yourself, sometimes referring to more than one person (Ayr. 1786 Burns To the Unco Guid i.), freq. also orig. in representations of Highland Eng. as an emphatic form of you, = Gael. thu fhein, but now in more gen. use. See Sel. Sc. 1886 Stevenson Kidnapped xxix.:
Is that yoursel', Mr Balfour?
Sc. 1953 Scots Mag. (Dec.) 188:
“Good-evening to you,” Sandy returned, then, looking up, “Och, it's yourself now,” he said.

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"Your possess. adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 1 Dec 2021 <>



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