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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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BUITH, n. An obs. Sc. form corresponding to Eng. booth. [byθ]

1. “A shop” (Sc. 1808 Jam.).Sc. 1818 Scott Rob Roy xxiii.:
I'se take care your counting-room is no cleaned out when the Gillon-a-naillie come to redd up the Glasgow buiths, and clear them o' their auld shop-wares.
Sh. 1834 Old-Lore Misc. X. v. 224: 
We endeavoured to procure some tea, but the owner of the "buithe" had gone to Lerwick and taken the key of the store along with him.

2. A hut, cottage. Cf. Böd, n.1Sh. 1832 Visit to Shetland in Old-Lore Misc., Ork., Sh., etc. (1914) VII. i. 26:
A heavy rain came on as I approached the buith of Funzie, and a fine looking old man welcomed me, in true Shetland style.

[O.Sc. buth, buith, both(e), (1) a covered stall, a shop; (2) a booth to live in. N.Mid.Eng. buthe, Mid.Eng. bothe (D.O.S.T.); Sw. bod, booth, stall, shop; Icel. bûa, to dwell. Cf. Mod.Ger. bude, booth, stall, Silesian baude, shepherd's hut (Kluge.).]

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