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 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
This entry has not been updated but may contain minor corrections and revisions.

Bore, Boir, v. Also: bor, boyre. [ME. and e.m.E. bore (e.m.E. also boare), ME. boren, borien, OE. borian, ON. bora.]

1. tr. a. To pierce by boring. a1500 Henr. Fab. 222.
Thir widderit peis and nuttis, or thay be bord, Will brek my teith
a1500 Seven S. 757.
He … boryt the bodome in holis all
1513 Doug. xi. xiii. 94.
This ilk Butys … Out throu the nek dyd scho pers and bor
1531 Bell. Boece II. 427.
Quhen thay had laubourit all nicht, borand the dike
1563 Prot. Bk. T. Johnsoun 145.
The said … borit Robert Johnsoun boit and drounit hir
1570 Sat. P. xiv. 43.
That nobill … Was schot and throw the body borde
1578 Inv. Wardrobe 255.
Four wombillis for boiring of the cannoun navis
1628 M. Works Acc. XX. 4.
Sex borrell yrones … for boiring the quheillis with

b. To force or work out by boring. 1513 Doug. iii. ix. 88.
With a … steyng of tre, Out dyd we boyr and pyke hys mekil E
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2302.
Sanct Duthow, borit out of ane bloke

c. To make (a hole) by boring. 1551–2 Treas. Acc. X. 68.
For ane wombill to boyre cunnyng holis with
1596 Dalr. II. 17/18.
Thay … borret a hole throuch the rampard

2. intr. To pierce, make way. a1568 Scott xiii. 21.
That crewell dert outthrow my hart wald boir

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

"Bore v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 29 May 2023 <>



Hide Advanced Search

Browse DOST: