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Larg, Lairg, a. (adv.) [Late ME. and e. m. E. larg (1479, 1501), largar compar. (c. 1400), var. of Large a.It is not clear whether all of these instances are to be regarded as mere variant spellings of Large a. (adv.), or whether some may represent OF. larc, larg masc., early superseded by large fem., Large. The pronunciation as larg is unconfirmed in rhyme or otherwise, but the only potential rhyming word appears to be the 16th c. Darg.]

= Largea. (adv.)(1) 1375 Barb. i. 363.
Larg and luffand als wes he
a1400 Leg. S. xxx. 220.
Thu art larg of cheryte
a1500 Lanc. 1763.
Beith larg and iffis frely of thi thing
(2) 1532–3 Dunferm. Reg. Ct. 96.
[He] hes pait larg gressam thair for
1603 Reg. Privy C. VI. 539.
The names … having been given up upon lairg silver and safer delivered to him
(3) a1586 Lindsay MS. b.
To … mak larg way to the said Mr of houshald
(4) c1420 Ratis R. 1191.
He sittis heich And has a balans larg and dreich
15.. Clar. i. 89.
The wound so lairg was and wyde
c1600 Montg. Suppl. xxxiii. 42.
Ane pair of gallows, lairg and lang
(5) c1650 P. Gordon Brit. Dist. iv. 168.
Under lairg soumes of money
(6) 1596 Dalr. II. 475/8.
Gif I appne vp mair at lairg, and cleirlier … I wil perchance appeir to sum … contemnable
(7) c1475 Wall. ix. 1769.
V hundreth larg … On Sotheroun sid to ded was brocht adoun
1508 Treas. Acc. IV. 28.
Payit to the said Jerome Friscobald for jm ducatis larg in Venys deliverit to my Lord of Sanctandrois

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