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Both, Boith, a. and adv. Also: botht, boy(i)th. [e.m.E. and ME. both(e, midl. and southern form of bath(e Bathe a.] Both (in various constructions).(a) c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 1944.
Boith King Naulus & Oetus
Ib. 2505.
Than come thai vp togiddir boith
c1450-2 Howlat 324.
Boith in hall and in bowr
Ib. 990.
Boith war thai dowis
a1500 Lanc. 10.
Boith gyrs and flour
Ib. 200.
Boith of loue and armys
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 6207.
Boith est or west
1558-66 Knox II. 175.
Boith to deprave boith us … and yow
a1568 Scott xxxv. 8.
Boith day and nicht
1556 Lauder Off. Kings 75.
Geue thay boith to heuin ascend
1570 Leslie 198.
Boith on hors bak and fuit
1574 Misc. Maitl. C. I. 115.
Syndery boyith of the citie and … upaland
1584 Colville Lett. 49.
Boyth power and valour
(b) c1500-c1512 Dunb. G. Targe 71.
Ȝour aureate tongis both
c1500-c1512 Dunb. vii. 63.
Bothe in yhouth and eild
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 58.
Both day and nycht
a1570-86 Maitl. F. lxiv. 19.
Sciens both and faythfull conscience
a1578 Pitsc. I. 216/5.
They had ben botht hangit

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