Show Search Results Show Browse

A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology

Abbreviations Cite this entry

About this entry:
First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
This entry has not been updated since then but may contain minor corrections and revisions.

No, adv.3 Also: noe, noo. [Reduced form of Nocht adv. (? or rather of its var. noth: cf. mow and mouth, uncow and uncouth, quo and quoth). Cf. Na adv.4, Ne adv.2 and adv.3] Not.(1) a1500 Henr. III. 153/80.
I haif no come at this tyme langer to tary
1533 Boece xvi. x. 625 b.
Had I maryit … I had no bein lichlit
1560 Rolland Seven S. 4588.
That I can noe refrane My self fra schame
c 1610 Lanark B. Rec. 121.
Johne Connighame said I sould no gang and I wer hangit
And he says he would no for him
a 1624 Edinb. Univ. MS. ii. 319.
Thoull no accept my robe
1624 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 222.
That he will no meakke an answer your letter
1611-57 Mure True Crucifixe 255. 1649 Kelso Glovers 10.
It shall no be laufull for them … to tak another
c 1650 Red Bk. Grandtully II. 146. ?1665 M. Bruce Six Dreadful Alarms 12.
Ill no give a gray groat for your doing
Id. Good News in Evil Times (1708) 68. 1681 Cloud of Witnesses 94. 1686 G. Stuart Joco-Ser. Disc. 15.
She did no frown But leugh
Ib. 49.
I need no' speer [etc.]
Ib. 50.
Your wankle leggs canno support ye
Ib. 66.
Can I no twirrle [etc.]
Ib. 71.
They cou'd no' find us sike tough play
(2) a1500 K. Hart 727.
Be no wraith with me
1560 Rolland Seven S. 2889.
God vs defend … that sa no be
1587–8 Prot. Bk. J. Inglis 18 Jan.
That it be no prejudiciall to hym
1590 Ib. 13 May, 13 July. 1596 Dalr. I. 133 marg.
Ȝoung & tendir of ȝeiris ar no permitted to haue the administratione
c1600 Montg. Suppl. xxxv. 36.
My penitence is no to leitt [: estait]
1639 Baillie I. 240.
For then is no this the cleir method [etc.]
1642 Thanes of Cawdor 290.
We heir the laird is noe that man
a1663 Pappity Stampoy 57.(3) 1569 Sc. Hist. Rev. I. 39.
At this howr I knaw no when nor where it was conclwdit
a1598 Ferg. Prov. MS. No. 796.
If thow steil no my kaill brik no my dyk
c1610 Jok Uplandis Newis 6 b.
At sick times we allow no of
1606 Cramond Ch. Aberdour 4. 1616 Fraserburgh Kirk S. 73 (17 Apr.), 1622 Ib. 133 (24 Apr.).
They wha communicate no
1611-57 Mure Early Misc. P. i. 49. 1666 Craven Argyll Diocese 123.
Those that comes no
1692 Presb. Eloq. (ed. 2) 78. 1693 Answ. Presb. Eloq. 74.
Ken ye no the Scots proverb [etc.]
(4) 1615 Fraserburgh Kirk S. 6 June.
The sessioune … findis hir no to haw sklanderit bot … to haw wtterit flyting wordis
1633 Kirkcaldy Presb. 53.
Beatrix Symmeris admonischit no to be ower hamelie with vther wyffis husbandis; Ib.4 July. It is ane warrand gud aneugh for us no to remove our seatt
1640 Kirkcudbr. Min. Bk. 10.
Any persone that shall happen no to mak peyment
1655 Soc. Ant. XXX. 18.
And noo to be disponed upon with out [etc.]
c1660 J. Livingstone in Sel. Biog. I. 348.
So as she was fain no to take notice of them
1676 Welsh Gospel Summonds 23.
God calls us to be serious and no to trifle it
1679 Galloway P. 4 Jan.
& no to demolish … any of the timber
(5) 1645–6 Ecclesia Antiqua 63 n.
Ordaining the same to be observit … and no contravenit
1676 Welsh Gospel Summonds 13.
What man … is there among you that can hear thir things spoken of, and no wonder at it?
Ib. 16.
And he no get miekle thanks for his offer
(6) 1588 Cath. Tr. 249/7.
No doubting bot he … hes power to mak lawes
1594 E. Loth. Antiq. Soc. IX. 92.
Anent the no residence of James Lambe at his paroche kirk of Bolton. the presbytrie ordanes [etc.]
1610 Mill Mediæv. Plays 258.
Thej sal be excommunicat … because of thair no compeirance being summond and no compeirand
1622 Cardross Ch. 94.
That he had … cursitt the Turkis for no deteining … of Johne Campbelle, saillor
(7) 1596 Dalr. I. 96/20.
Thay spak no altogither raschlie
1600 R. Bruce Misc. Bann. C. I. 166.
‘Bot ar ye nocht persuadit?’ ‘No yit Sir,’ sayis he
a1605 Birrel Diary 37.
The lyk … wes nevir done since the memorie of man. no in Wallace dayis
1638 Henderson Serm. 384.
But scarce was any there, no the silliest body that was coming by … that pleased it
1661 Aberd. Council Lett. IV. 130.
I have no much for to wrett
(8) 1611 Mill Mediæv. Plays 259.
Becaus the said proces was led befoir the presbytre & no be the nixt adjacent minister
a1598 Ferg. Prov. MS. No. 1495.
We may poind for debt but no for wnkyndnes
(9) 1545 Douglas Corr. 155.
To this affecke or no
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1735.
Gif at that time he wald furder or no
1558-66 Knox I. 163.
Whether thei hear or no invocatioun maid unto thame
1613 Fraserburgh Kirk S. 16 (15 May).
Gif he had ony [keys] that wald opin the victuall hous duir or no
1614 Ib. 39 (19 Sept.), 1615 Ib. 30 May. 1651 Strathbogie Presb. 208. 1655 Mouswald Kirk S. 9 Dec.
Whether or no the[y] take cairfull inspectione [etc.]
1662 Forbes Cantus ix.
To see if it were so or no, Whether Christ was born or no
1687 Butler Leighton 585. 1705 Musselburgh 27.

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"No adv.3". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Jul 2024 <>



Hide Advanced Search

Browse DOST: