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FAE, prep. Also fee (Cai.) and unstressed form fa (Bch. 1930 Abd. Univ. Review (March) 108). Gen.Sc. Variant of Frae, from, orig. n.Sc. and still infrequent in s.Sc. (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 201; Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 43; Cld. 1880 Jam.). Used ellipt. as a conj. = from the time that (I. and n.Sc., Ags., Fif., Dmf. 1952). The form fee also represents a contr. of fae ee [see Ee, def. art.] (Ags.19 1952). [fe:] Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore 82:
I wandert, wissing, that I were at hame; Bat wist na whither I made till't or fae't.
Sc. 1873  J. A. H. Murray D.S.C.S. 229:
Frae must be a difficult combination, for the Central and Northern Scottish is fae.
Fif. 1879  G. Gourlay Fisher Life 133:
The ringing cry, “There's word fae Steenson.”
Edb. 1893  W. G. Stevenson Wee Johnnie Paterson (1914) 3:
They're seven miles fae onybody.
Gall. 1901  Trotter Gall. Gossip 35:
He couldna keep fae cursin him somewey.
Ork. 1907  Old-Lore Misc. I. ii. 62:
The Stenness men waar plannan tae geong ower tae Irelan' an' press twa fae dere.
Cai. 1909  D. Houston 'E Silkie Man 3:
An' 'id's nee for me . . . t' pit tee'd nor tak fee'd.
Uls. 1924  Northern Whig (18 Jan.):
On a favourit horse to try a little on chance, Wud be a change fae ither things.
Lnk. 1926  W. Queen We're a' Coortin' 9:
Dinna bother risin, f'ae the table.
Sh. 1949  New Shetlander No. 16. 43:
Some a da sheep hedna seen a dug fae dey wir lambs.
Ags. 1951  Forfar Dispatch (22 Feb.):
“By fee, fat, far and fan, Ye'll aye ken a Farfar man.”

Phrs.: 1. fae't and till't, up and down, in health (Abd.27 1950); 2. to draw fae, to draw an inference (Sh.10, Ork.1 1950): also rarely to draw a fae. 1. Abd. 1920  M. Argo Makkin o' John 3:
Ou, jist fae't and till't, bit braw kneef maist days.
2. Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 132:
Jenny begood tae draw a fae.

[The loss of r prob. arises from the fact that the word is usually in an unstressed position. The Cai. form fee may be altered on the analogy of tee.]

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"Fae prep.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 Mar 2019 <>



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