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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Alreddy, Alrady, adv. Also: alreddie, -ye, allreddie, -reddy; al-, allredie, -redy; alradeye, al-, allradie, alraddy, allraddie; already, -ddy, al-, allreaddie. [ME. alredy (c 1390), e.m.E. all redy, all readie, already; see All adv. and Reddy a. In Sc. use only under Eng. influence, but common after 1560.] Already.(a) c1520-c1535 Nisbet N. T. III. 326/24 [copying Tyndale].
He askis not quhyddir gude werkis ar to be donne or not, bot dois thaim alreddy
1558-66 Knox II. 449.
That … work whilk God in your awin eis hes alreddie blessit
1560 Rolland Seven S. 230/26.
My schip … Is alreddy now fleting on the fame
a1578 Pitsc. I. 96/31.
Alexander Earle of Crafurd who was allredy declairit the kingis rebell
1598 Liber Coll. Glasg. p. lxxiv.
Ane uther buik nor the buik alredie producit
1623 Melrose P. 544.
I haue fund the smart … suffisientlie allredie
1641 Acts V. 341/2.
Concerneing … the copper money allreddy coyned
(b) 1562-3 Winȝet I. 3/9.
Terrible rolkis presenting deth alrady on the left
1575 Conv. Burghs I. 38.
That the sovme grantit … is, with the mair, collectit alraddy
a1578 Pitsc. I. 29/2.
The message sped with sick happie succes as we haue schawin to ȝow allraddie
1590 Conv. Burghs I. 313.
Quhairby this pure burch is alradeye impouaragit
1608 Douglas Corr. 194.
Your hienes licience allradie grantit
1631 Strathbogie Presb. 5.
Shee was censured alrady be the presbiteri, and hade begune her repentance alrady
(c) 1560 Bk. Disc. 196.
That … sick as ar precharis alreaddy, … be placed to be readaris
c 1590 Douglas Corr. 35.
I looke ye uill not tyne tyme, … as I haue allreaddie said

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