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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).

Most, Moist, a., n. and adv. Also: moste, moost(e. [Midl. and south. ME. and e.m.E. most(e, moost(e, used in place of Sc. Maste.]Occurrences in the rhyming position appear to be rare, the only one noted being that at Howlat 328: cf. the quite different situation with More.

Most. = Maste a., n. and adv.a. 1581-1623 James VI Poems II. 48/27.
adj. (1) Thou deepe with most & least Of fish & quhayles also
(2) c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 1577.
The most part of thaim
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 122.
The restles besynes Quhairon the most part doith thair mynd addres
1558-66 Knox II. 357.
As the most parte say
1562 Ib. 340. Ib. 355. 1623 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 209.
The haill, at leist the most pairt of ther stipends
1649 Brechin Presb. 17. 1664 Rothesay B. Rec. 88. 1691 Cramond Kirk S. III. 17 Sept.
The minister … could not keep session untill the most pairt of the harvest was over
16.. Maidment Balfour Ballads 3.
From ladies to lawyers … and most part are far more in show Than they are in deed
(b) 1612 Fife Synod 50.
They … gett evill payment of the moist part of thair tennantis
1622-6 Bisset II. 241/20.(3) 1535 Stewart 47164.
For the most pairt, the wysast men … Concludit hes richt Robert Bruce full air
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 4488. 1633 Cochran-Patrick Coinage II. 97.
These waires … are brocht from France for the most pairt
a1699 Skene Agric. MS.
The owtfield land … is never muckitt for the most pairt
1690 Cramond Kirk S. III. 12 June.
Mr John Meinȝeis … who for the most pairt lives in Edinburgh
(4) c1475 Wall. ii. 213.
Hyr most desyr was to be wndyr mold
c1500-c1512 Dunb. G. Targe 92 (Ch. & M.).
This park of most [B. maist, M. moist] plesere
(b) 1524 Douglas Corr. 97.
His moist desyre … is the weilfaire … of my suffrane
1531 Bell. Boece (M) I. 87.
Eftir moist prosperite cumis hiest aduersite and eftir hiest aduersite cumis gretest prosperite
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 3799.
The moist and manifest misarie
(5) a1500 Bk. Chess 15.
Sen comfort & plesance be … most of strenth this passioun till oppres
(6) c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxvi. 33.
O madyne meik, most mediatrix for man
(7) c1450-2 Howlat 328.
Gois halkis war … of mychtis most [: oist, cost, boist] Nixt dukis in dignite
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 328.
Moist of valour
c1500-c1512 Dunb. vii. 46.
Welcum … , moist of lawde and hie magnificence
1540 Lynd. Sat. 524.
Moist of curage
c1552 Id. Mon. 1837.b.absol. a1500 Quare Jel. 363.
The last the most he clepith of the three
c. adv. (1) a1500 Lanc. 1936. 1535 Stewart 20964.
Most of all wes he suppleit than Be his grandschir
1546 Lynd. Trag. Card. 225.
My hope was moste in to the Kyng of France
(2) c1450-2 Howlat 314.
The egile … most awfull in erd
Brus xvii. 696 (E).
The sow … wes the most sower And starkast
a1500 Bk. Chess 6.
Jubiter the planet most benyng
1567 G. Ball. 44.(b) a1568 Henr. Bann. MS. p. 51/17, 18.
Job was moist riche … Thobe moist full of cheretie
1530 Lynd. Test. Pap. 352. 1556 Lauder Off. Kings 504.
I haue maid knawin … How that ye suld elect moist rycht Ȝour jugis
1558-66 Knox II. 460. Ib. I. 65.
The moist godlie and moist leirnit that be knawin in Europe
a1578 Pitsc. II. 143 n. 3.
Luciefer quhilk … rang moist trywmphandlie vnder the … maiestie of God
(c) c 1515 Williamson in Doug. (Sm.) I. p. xxvii.
[Henry VIII] is the … moost dred with lowff of his … sugettis off eny prince
(3) 1558-66 Knox II. 436.
The sones of the moist heichest
c1590 Fowler I. 15/20.
He that is of most account and most gretest is most cowetous of renoune
(4) c1450-2 Howlat 892.
Off alkyn colour most cleir
c1475 Wall. ix. 704.
Quhen thai off hay was ladand most bysse
1490 Irland Mir. I. 167/1.
Most blissit lady
c1500-c1512 Dunb. G. Targe 265.
Your angel mouthis most mellifluate
Id. vii. 3, 4, 20, etc. 1554 Facs. Nat. MSS. III. xxxvi. a1568 Bann. MS. 228 b/5.
Sueit desy most decoir
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 273.
The ministeris … did maist vehemently invey against this most beastly and moir then tressonabill fact
a1605 Montg. Flyt. 466 (T).
Ane imp of all ill most meit for thair airt
1600-1610 Melvill 628. 1639 Baillie I. 156.
Most like
(b) a1497, 15.. Henryson Annunciation in Gray MS. iii. 62.
Oh lady lele … Thy face moist fair and schene is!
1513 Doug. x. xiv. 89.
O moist forcy steid, my lovyt foill
c 1522 Id. in Doug. (Sm.) I. p. cviii.
The Kingis riche gownys of moist fyne cloith of gold
1536 Lynd. Answ. Flyting 11.
Moist lyke ane deuill, thay hald me detestable
c1552 Id. Mon. 2089. 1549 Compl. 78/20.
It vas moist lyk that [etc.]
1558-66 Knox I. 188.
Johnne … byrst furth in moist abundand tearis
1604 Reg. Privy C. VII. 16.
Quhearas it haith pleised … the moist heiche [etc.]
1607 Lett. & St. P. Jas. VI. 107. 1607 Sc. Ant. XV. 141. 1610 Southesk MSS. 14.
His lordsbip … hais accomplisit his voiage moist happely
1622-6 Bisset I. 11/29.(5) a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 243 (Wr.).
Sometime I musde, and most gone [v.rr. maist ga(i)ne] mad, I doubted what to doe

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