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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).

A'GAIT, A'GATE, A'GATES, adv. Everywhere. (So algate in north. dial. Eng.) (See also Gait.) [′ɑ:get(s), ′ǫ:get(s)]Sc. 1816 Scott Antiquary xx.:
I gang about a'gates like the troubled spirit.
Abd.(D) 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xviii.:
They war stannin' aboot a'gate roon' aboot the kirk, in scores an' hunners.
Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 95:
Aa'v luikit augait for'd = I've looked everywhere for it. (A.)
Fif. 1872 Mrs G. Cupples Tappy's Chicks 51:
Is't yer ain faut, or the mistress's, that I find ye a'gates about the room?
Edb. 1844 J. Ballantine Gaberlunzie's Wallet (1875) i.:
At bridal, at kirkin, at market, at fair, Ye'll never miss Patie the Packman. He's a'gate, kens a'thing.

[Older Sc. has algait, algate, algatis. The word is not uncommon in Mid.Eng. (in other senses.) See also A'.]

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"A'gait adv.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 1 Oct 2022 <>



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