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Ony, Onie, a., pron. and adv. Also: onye, onyie, oney, -ay, oiny, oni, oné, onny, onnie, onné, hony. [ME. and e.m.E. ony (c 1300), onie (1258), oony (14–15th c.), var., with unexplained change of vowel (but perh. after Mony), of ME. and e.m.E. eni, eny, and ani, any, OE. ǽniᵹ In the mod. dial. this form is Sc. and north. and north midl. Eng.]

In origin an indeterminate derivative of ‘one’ or of its derivative, the article ‘a, an’: Any.

1. adj. a. In interrogative, conditional and hypothetical contexts. Some one, (with plur.) some, no matter which or what. (1) Quhill foundyn mycht be ony male … ewyn descendand; Barb. i. 60.
Gif ony man be duelland in our landes … kyndmane to the landes of hir thrid forsaid; 1381 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 4.
The foirsaid masonys … sall delyvir frely thaim at ony key of Abirden; 1399 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 377.
Gif yhe will adres yhu to be at ony day with hym; 1401 Ib. (S.H.S.) 210.
Quhar is thar ony syk honore? Ratis R. 500.
Hay I. 191/25.
He wald gang the sternis to se Gif thar ony remeid mycht be; Seven S. 170.
Dunb. lxxiv. 34, 35.
Giff thay cane in oni maner; Gau 13/25.
Quhat ewyr he be that byis leddyr fra onne oder merchant; 1559 Inverness Rec. I. 38.
1560 Ib. 50.
To onne kynd of labyr; 1561 Ib. 58.
In cais thay gett my lord in thair keiping or in ony ane of thair keppingis; 1586 Thanes of Cawdor 190.
Onay; 1587 Grant Chart. 166.
It sall nocht be lesum to him … to big ony laiche windois … quhill [etc.]; 1588–9 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 131.
Dalr. I. 46/14.
The censor … That in himselfe hes ony kinde of bleck; Hume 74/190.
Oney; 1604 Urie Baron Ct. 6.
All sick landis as hes bein in use … of payment … at ony tyme sen the first impositioun; 1615 Misc. Maitl. C. II. 172.
Ony; 1648 Peebles B. Rec. I. 383.
(2) That quhar ony partijs folowis ony accone befor the lordis of consail; 1471 Acts II. 100/2.
Til inquire … gif ony instrumentis be made … to ony persons of ony part of the sade fischeing; 1496 Acta Conc. II. 29.
Or to tak peace … with ony inhonest conditionis; Bell. Boece I. 278.
Rede to defende aganis one invadouris of the same [country]; 1543 Corr. M. Lorraine 41.

b. With a preceding negative expressed or implied: (Not) one, (none, not any) whatever. (1) Immediate sequentes (gl. for vtin oni mene foluand); ? a 1360 Facs. Nat. MSS. II. xix.
But settyng to of ony glose; Leg. S. Prol. 6.
Be ony maner of way; 1379 Douglas Chart. 29.
That the forsaid wollys … yhe suffre … to pas withoutyn ony askying or takyng of custume; 1389 Liber Melros 449.
Be ony juge; 1475 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 34.
We deny Ony our-lord, bot the gret God abuff; Wall. i. 67.
Nochtwithstanding ony proclamatioun [etc.]; 1509 Reg. Privy S. I. 286/2.
That ye … ceis fra … calling the said Thomas for onny sute … or ony vthir seruice quhat sumeuer; 1509 Coll. Aberd. & B. 473.
Thir offeris proceding mair be febill curage than ony manhede; Bell. Boece (M) I. 359; etc.
Without kitching or ony kynd of kaill; Stewart 2762.
Onyie; 1537 Aboyne Rec. 68.
Nocht to … gyf fredome of burgesrie … to oney manyr of person excep allan erlie [etc.]; 1556 Inverness Rec. I. 3; etc.
Winȝet I. 24/2.
[He] stude ane lang hour … Or he could ony entres geatt; 1584 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 682.
To any landwart … man to buy ony fuilyie; 1653 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 260.
(2) That na Scottis man suld veir ony clais bot hardyn cotis; Compl. 96/28.
That nane … hauaris of tauernis … huird or hyde ony sic wynis coft be thame; 1551 Acts II. 483/2.
That he suld nocht by onne mettis … sic as kydis, lammis, muttons; 1561 Inverness Rec. I. 60.
Lippynning for na violence … of ony personis; 1592 Crim. Trials I. ii. 279.

c. In these contexts, with ‘non-countable’ nouns or nouns capable of being treated as such and with plurals, also tending to pass into: Any amount, quantity, extent, degree or number of, no matter how much or little or how many or few. (1) Gyff he throw ony payn Mycht wyn agayn his heritage; Barb. i. 350.
To do thame ony lak; Hay I. 99/13.
Nocht doand … ony preiudice or scaith; 1475 Cart. S. Giles lxviii.
For wes he never ȝit … ourrun with rouk or ony rayne; K. Hart 10.
Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 316.
We … dischairgis all utheris of ony teching of gramar skules; 1524 Holyrood Chart. 258.
That nane … hwyrd … ony bere or malt to be kepit for regrating; 1551 Acta Conc. & Sess. MS. XXVII. 106.
Quhilk of the saidis personis hes instantle onne wyld leddyr or onne oder leddyr; 1559 Inverness Rec. I. 35.
It is nocht possible to it for to induir ony lang tyme; 1570 Misc. Bann. C. I. 48*.
That thair aucht nocht to be onie distinction of temporal magistratis in heichar orlaichar degrie; Burne Disput. 146.
Nane … that hes onnie skill; J. Stewart II. 5/8.
Ony; 1638 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 387.
If the meat did her oney good; 1647 Durh. Univ. J. XXXIV. 62.
(2) Giff … I … gevis ony leiffe … to mak ony drauchtis of the said Magdelan burn; 1466 Reg. Dunferm. 356.
Na at na bowar … mak ony speris bot gif [etc.]; 1471 Acts II. 100/1.
Quhare he fand ony Scottis liffand in feild; Boece vi. xv. 216.
That na maner of persoun … transport … ony coillis be … ony bait; 1563 Acts II. 543/2.
To mak onie mixitioun of onie auld wynis and new wynis; 1581 Ib. III. 226/2.

d. adv. Qualifying comparative adjs. or advs.: In any degree, to any extent. Rather … than ony mar harme war done tharfor; 1405 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 59.
Thai ar nocht haldin to len thaim ony mar; Acts I. 355/2.
Howlat 144.
Gif thar be ony mar of the Lord Halis landis than [etc.]; 1471 Acta Aud. 16/2.
Withoutin ony mair; Rauf C. 149.
Seven S. 1862.
Bot ony langar tary; Doug. ii. i. 76.
Bell. Livy I. 176/18.
[She] refusis to eyk or reforme ony mayr; 1564 St. A. Kirk S. 208.
Onne layngar; Cullen Chron. Aberd. 62.

2. Referring generally to persons or things of the sort named, without indicating a particular one or ones: = Whatever, each and every. a. In hypothetical contexts. & at the arbutry be vallyt with ony payn; Reg. Maj. c. 41.
Onye man that has mekle carnall daill with wemen sall outher sone de or wax ald; Myll Spect. 275/22.
Be blyth in hairt for ony aventure; Dunb. xxiii. 6.
This contrak sall stand in effect, … to ony othir dochttyr of the said David; 1523 Fam. Rose 199.
Sen the deceis of Lady Sammelstoun or ony vther last lauhchfull possessour; 1543 Soc. Ant. III. 61.
Or hony hother thyng that I hayff wryttyng; ? 1544 Bk. Carlaverock II. 30.
All gudis … pertening to ws or ony vtheris; 1559–60 Ib. XI. 522.
Onne; 1574 Reg. Morton I. 80.
Gif laying asyd … ony displesure, diligentlie thai reid the historie quhilke I write; Dalr. I. 1/22.
Onye; 1630 Banff Ann. I. 65.
Muttoune blowin or onye pairt of the craig or schoulder cuttit frome the bodye to be confiscat; 1637 Ib. 81.

b. In comparisons. In simple similes, illustrated as (3), appar. chiefly or only in verse. (1) The vale of Josaphas, That of mair stoir aboundand was, … Than ony vther land thairby; Alex. i. 36.
Ib. 1432.
Howlat 457.
His hede mycht mar … ples the King Than … ony warldly thing; Wall. iii. 126.
Onye; Irland Mir. II. 86/34.
Ane castell moir strang be strenth of ane crag than ony artificiall labour; Bell. Boece (M) I. 162.
He luiffit the laird of Ardkinglas best of ony man levand; 1594 Warrender P. (S.H.S.) II. 248.
(2) Alsfrely … as he did ony tyme befor; 1454 Charter (Reg. H.) No. 335.
Als cant as ony colt; Peblis to Play 52.
Lanc. 1091.
Hir vissage wolx als pail as ony wall; Doug. iv. ix. 56; etc.
Lynd. Meldrum 1320.
In all his lordships adois ȝe haiff kyith as reddy and willing as ony freind; 1610 Hist. Carnegies 343.
(3) His wounds war fillit ful of fleis As euer in byke thair biggit onie beis; Prestis of Peblis 514.
A rak of fartis lyk ony thunnere; Dunb. xxvii. 25 (Asl.).
The day wox dirk as ony nycht; Id. lxxii. 85.
Stewart 9638.
Ib. 15402.
It buft lyk ony bledder; Christis Kirk 96 (B).
Ib. 148.
Clar. iv. 310.
And trime As ony arrow evin; Montg. Ch. & Slae 328 (W).
Id. Misc. P. xlviii. 188.
I … whindg'd … lyke ony man; G. Stuart Joco-Ser. Disc. 58.

3. absol. in the prec. applications. Either with a following of phrase (also with ellipsis of of) or otherwise separated from the noun to which it refers. (1) Gif ony of tha misdoeris fleys; 1397 Acts I. 208/1.
1409 Exch. R. IV. ccxi.
Or ony [Bann. owthir.] of thame wist; Henr. Fab. 2898 (Ch.).
Oney; 1512 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 154.
To onne of ye all; 1557 Inverness Rec. I. 15.
Bisset I. 13/25.
As the said Williame Lord Cochrane or onie of thame or theire forsaids micht have done; 1658 Paisley B. Rec. 100.
(2) Of alienatioun of ony his landis; 1493 Acta Aud. 173/1.
Nochtwithstanding ony oure writingis sinisterly purchest; 1540–1 Macritchie Gypsies 38.
1565 Facs. Nat. MSS. III. xlix.
(3) Saufand to the said lorde … the warde … of the said landez with the apertenance qwen ony hapnys; 1393 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 26.
Gif ony be; 1407 Ib. No. 65.
(4) We sal gif him the best counsale we can quhen he ony askis at ws; 1477 Misc. Spald. C. II. 253.
To haue lettres to summond ma witnes to the saide day geif thai ony haue; 1482 Acta Aud. 103/1.
1488–9 Ib. 120/1.
1518 Bk. Carlaverock II. 457.
1565–6 Inverness Rec. I. 132.
(5) Quhil thou restore wrangwis gud, gif thou has ony; Irland Mir. I. 44/24.
That your l. contramandit me to pay him ony; 1569 Events Q. Mary & Jas. VI 30.
Elspett Reid was than presentlie withe bairne (the said Elspett nawayes knawing nor suspecting hir self to be withe ony); 1596–7 Misc. Spald. C. I. 98.

b. Any one of two, one or other, either. Ony of the said partis; c 1400 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 53.
Til ws or oiny of ws the langast liefar of ws twa; 1481 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 462.
And [he] askit ony of thir twa wayis til be schawin; 1501 Acta Conc. III. 30.
1532 Glasgow Dioc. Reg. I. 99.
He that mycht bring ony of thair heedis to King Edward suld haif [etc.]; Bell. Boece (M) II. 278.
The supplicacionis maid be ony of the twa Kingis of Ingland or Scotland sall stand [etc.]; Ib. 368.
1560 St. A. Kirk S. 45.
Fra al spot … in ony of baith; Winȝet I. 11/20.

4. indef. pron. Any one, anybody. In applications as 1–2 above. Gyff ony thar-at war wrath, Thai [etc.]; Barb. i. 201.
Ane engynour thar haif thai tane That wes sleast of that myster That men wist ony fer or ner; Ib. xvii. 436 (E).
In vertu als he had mar grace Than ony at with Crist than wes; Leg. S. i. 184.
Ib. ii. 527.
Vs, our spouse forsaid, our heires or ony in our name; 1381 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 4.
1397 Acts I. 208/2.
Mare than ony that leuand is; Alex. ii. 6801.
Wynt. vi. 2275.
Or ony wist; Prestis of Peblis 196.
Quhen he passis ony the message he suld be richt diligent [etc.]; Loutfut MS. 9 a.
Into compair na ony of the laif; Stewart 53317.
For weill nor wa sall ony knaw our mynd; Scott xiii. 30.
I am layth to mell with ony; a 1568 Sempill Sat. P. xlvi. 43.
To God thay ar als deir As ony in the inland heir; 1573 Davidson
Ib. xlii. 158.
Pitsc. I. 16/2.
[Not] leuesum … til onie except to thame; Dalr. II. 473/18.
Ib. I. 21/14.
Leist ony suld be dissaivit heirin; Hume 97/16.
Oney; 1604 Urie Baron Ct. 10.
That … Johnne Guild and Andro Martine wer farrest vpoun Robertis counseill of ony in the haill company; 1614 Crim. Trials III. 297.

5. Ony ane (a, one), in various above applications. (1) That ony ane manis body Sould put him-selfe in sik bandoun; Alex. i. 3178.
As becumis of ony a scuil; Winȝet I. 24/20.
And leir to prefer the samyn Kirk to the iugement of ony ane man [etc.] … or ony ane aige of men of ane vther spirit; Ib. 33/1, 2.
(2) And in kes the said bernis or ony ane of them be absent; 1537 Reg. Episc. Aberd. I. 413.
1544 Reg. Cupar A. II. 29.
(3) The injuris done to ony ane of thaim sal be reput commoun to thaim baith; Bell. Boece I. 21.
That Franche men sall suppoit Scottis men and Scottis men Franche-men gif it happynnyt Englismen to invaid ony ane of thame; Ib. (M) II. 18.
Ib. 24.
(4) Ane fair blyth wyf he had, of ony ane, Bot scho wes sumthing dynk and dengerous; Freiris Berw. 54.
Father Adam wes allone, But cumpanye of ony one; Lynd. Mon. 758.
Than stayed I a whyle to see if onye one I knew [etc.]; Fowler I. 28/41.

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