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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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AIRM, n. The common Sc. form = St.Eng. arm. (See P.L.D. § 48.1(2).) Gen.Sc. See also erm n., v. [erm, ɛrm]Sc. [1827] Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) II. 6:
Lean on my airm, sir, till he comes alangside.
Ags. 1889 J. M. Barrie W. in Thrums xiii.:
The auld fule sits wi' his airm round her in Eppie's hoose.
m.Sc. 1986 Ian A. Bowman in Joy Hendry Chapman 43-4 165:
Your minnie, forejeskit, tousie, white as the blossom
o the new-sprung gean ablow:
your ainsel, newborn life kythin in my airms.
m.Sc. 1991 Tom Scott in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 43:
I sall gaird ma faither's hoose;
tho they ryve me o haunds
wi ma airms anerlie.
Slg. 1991 Janet Paisley in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 129:
Well, she faulded her airms, sniffs as if she's in pain.
'Maggie,' she says, 'don't you ever sweer in here again.'

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"Airm n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Jul 2024 <>



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