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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).

Mor(e, a.1, n.2 and adv. Also: moir(e, moyr, moor, mour. [Midl. and south. ME. and e.m.E. mor(e.The early instances, confirmed in rhyme (esp. with before), in Barbour, Leg. S. and Troy-bk., seem anomalous. Another comparatively early instance occurs at Holland's Howlat 528 (of evir more rhyming with befor, sore, thore), but this piece, like Henryson, Wall., Gol. & Gaw., and the later poets, has other examples of o for native a, also confirmed in rhyme, no doubt as ‘anglicised forms’ according to the usual later 15th and 16th c. practice.] = Mar(e, in various senses. More and les, les and more, see Les a. 4.a. adj. (1) 1375 Barb. x. 199.
A fothyr … gretar and weile mor Than he broucht ony that yer befor
a1400 Leg. S. iii. 13.
In More Iynd Mathew prechit
1531 Bell. Boece (M) I. 275.
Of moir novmer
1528 Lynd. Dreme 630.
The leist sterne … Is more than all the eirth be my iugment
1545 Reg. Privy C. I. ii.
The new Inglis … grotis … ar false for the more part
1569 Ib. II. 4.
The … moir part of the counsallar
a1598 Ferg. Prov. MS. No. 1310. 1676 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 238 (26 Aug.).
At moir lentgh
(2) a1400 Leg. S. xxvii. 268.]
[Bot angelis … It kepit thane, myne no mare [: before], Fra wath of watir
c1400 Troy-bk. i. 228.
The housses … All of a hight baith lesse & more [: before]
(3) c1475 Wall. iii. 136.
The Sothroun saw thar curage was the mor [: befor]
Ib. iv. 680, v. 547, viii. 316. a1500 Bk. Chess 1013.
Traistand sen ȝour worschipe is fer mor [: thairfor] That mor rewardis ȝour knychtis suld resaif Quhen [etc.]
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxiii. 73.
And ȝit, more panence wald I have, Had I rewarde amang the laif
1531 Bell. Boece II. 218.
Na thing wes more impediment to Scottis than thair desire to have the heidis of Danis erar than victory
15.. Clar. ii. 1804. 1635 Wodrow in Hay Geneal. Hays 86.
It wer agrieable … that the same [dyet] wer prorogatted till he receaved mor health
(b) 1535 Stewart 45417. Ib. 59619, etc.
For moir dispyit
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 866.
Quhairthrow hir dolour wes the moir [: befoir]
1560 Rolland Seven S. 6560.
I can dres sic thing and it war moir [: befoir]
a1568 Scott iv. 81. c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 225. 1570 Leslie 213.
Jugeing it moir wisdome so to doo than to joperde him self
1587 Warrender P. (S.H.S.) II. 36.
With the moir speed
1622-6 Bisset I. 51/16.
Quhill moir opportunitie occurred
1629 Black Orkn. & Shetl. Folklore 107.
Androis wyff fearing ye haid bene doing moir evill strak yow
c1650 Spalding I. 284.
(4) 1659 Forbes Baron Ct. 224.
That no tennentis … cast nor leid moir peittis ȝeirlie … nor [etc.]
1674 Inverness Rec. II. 257.
Throw the eschape of on or mor prissoners
(5) c1568 Lauder Minor P. i. 451.
Withouttin moir remead
1570 Sat. P. x. 185.
Withouttin proces moir
1696 Wemyss of Bogie MSS.
Goieng through the kuntray inqweiring for mor victuall
(6) c1475 Wall. viii. 1235.
He … kyssyt hyr with outyn wordis mor [: befor]
1548 Grant Chart. III. 102.
Forsayemekill as the said Ewin … hes doin mor innormiteis … to the said James landis
a1561 Q. Kennedy Breif Tract. (ed.) 131/28.
1100 and more ȝeres sene
1685 Soc. Ant. LIX. 49.
That … ther might be many mor seats built
b. absol. and noun. (1) a1500 Henr. III. 107/8 (Ch. & M.).
The more [Makc. moyr] of age the nerar hevynnis blis
(2) a1400 Leg. S. xxvi. 107.
With syk a sowme of gold ore more [: before]
a1500 Bk. Chess 864.
Experiens … Dois mor in battall … Than [etc.]
1513–14 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 26.
That tua thraiff or litel mor wald geiff the boll
1565 St. A. Kirk S. 250. a1598 Ferg. Prov. MS. No. 1019.
Mor belongs to a bed nor four bair limmes
1666 Laing MSS. I. 350.
As my cosen germen … you will doe the mor
(b) 1535 Stewart 13866.
The moir thai drink, the moir thai haif of drouth
a1540 Freiris Berw. 432.
Gif that ȝe list … to haif moir [: thairfoir]
1558 Inverness Rec. I. 22.
Quhen the half or moyr of the sowth syd is thekit
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 53. 1621 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 193.
We have all moir nor reason to gieve him harty thanks
c1650 Spalding I. 107. Ib. 213.
Moir nor they lookit for
1652 Cullen Kirk S. 12 Sept.
What moir they did he knew not
1655 Conv. Burghs III. 400.
Moir nor thair dew
(3) 1567 Crim. Trials I. i. 495.
The E. Bothweill … accumpanyit with thre more
(4) 1535 Stewart 23171.
Ten ȝeir and moir
1641 Strathendrick 4.
About tua houris and mor therefter
(5) 1375 Barb. xii. 299 (C).
Covatis and [E. of] senȝhory Amovis thame for-outen mor [: befor]
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 171.
Thre … To-gydder anerly but more [: Anthenore]
Ib. 1885.
And fand … The samyne wecht of gold but more That the lettres spak of before
a1540 Freiris Berw. 397 (M). 15.. Clar. i. 371.
Within a monthis space but more sould be his wadding day
(6) a1400 Leg. S. xxiii. 225.
The gret … pyne That, as thai wend, for-owt more Thai tholit one the day before
c1475 Wall. iv. 84.
The fyve to thaim retornde with outyn mor [: befor]
1513 Doug. I. vi. 59. 1535 Stewart 22967. Ib. 47252.
But ony mour, richt sone and suddantlie
1581-1623 James VI Poems I. 159/431.
Ane humoure … maid To chainge into a stone quhiche stoppis … without more The sliddrie ureter

c. adv. —(1) c1475 Wall. ix. 251.
This blythis me mekill mor [: scor] Than [etc.]
Ib. vi. 678, xi. 1082. a1500 K. Hart 519.
Quhen that … Plesance had thame sene, Scho grevit and scho angerit weill more [: bore, score, befoir]
1513 Doug. xi. Prol. 154.
Thou may eik grace to grace, ay mor and mor [: nevirmore, tharfor, glor]
Ib. xii. i. 114. 1533 Bell. Livy I. 217/9. 1535 Stewart 596.
The wynd blew fair the langar ay the moir [: schoir]
1559 Knox in Cal. Sc. P. I. 256.
Heir thei wold mor proffett us
1560 Rolland Seven S. 5771. a1585 Maitl. Q. lx. 71.
[None ever betrayed,] Muche moir ane nobill baneist lord
c1590 J. Stewart II. 255 § 217.
So in gloir This trie preceld the rest and meikill moir
Ib. 85/204.
1590 Burel Pilgr. ii. xxxix.
Thy glore now, the more now, Is kend o potent God
1632 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 362.
And that so much the more that [etc.]
(2) c1475 Wall. viii. 1402.
Mor baundounly I maid me for to pruff
1533 Bell. Livy II. 214/23.
The more eselie
1578 Smit Bronnen II. 1182.
Zealand … becomes more quiet and the river towards Antwerp free and open
1588 Laing MSS. I. 75.
A more hote desyre
1685 Sinclair Satan's Invisible World 87.
My hand is more black in the loof
1688 Tryal Philip Standsfield 21.
I heard the voices continue, but more laigh
(b) 1535 Stewart 120.
Thair is nothing moir gudlie to avance Na [etc.]
Ib. 60433.
Les or moir large Na ordand wes be just equalitie
1548 Cal. Sc. P. I. 104.
The moir gentylle we be handyllyt, the moir wyld be we
1549 Compl. 55/5.
[The moon] is moir suift in hyr retrograid cours nor [etc.]
Ib. 66/8.
None of them kepit moir geomatrial mesure nor [etc.]
a1570-86 J. Maitland in Maitl. F. lxxxviii. 21. a1585 Maitl. Q. xxxviii. 48. 1589 Cal. Sc. P. X. 101.
To your moyr grawe consideration
1593 Warrender P. (S.T.S.) II. 204.
To mak my innocencie … the moir clere
1608 Crim. Trials II. 570. 1613 Highland P. III. 128. 1622 Edinb. Test. LI. 219 b.
Thair is nothing moir certane nor daith
1662 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 491.
For the moir commodious laidining … of boatis
(3) c1590 Fowler I. 119/44.
Far spediar more agane
c1600 Montg. Suppl. xxiii. i.
Ane dame moir quheiter than the snaw
(4) c1650 Spalding II. 5.
Thay … returnit home agane moir foollis nor thay went out
(5) a1500 Seven S. 1417.
More for hir modere than for the mes To kirk scho went
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 3262.
Accompanyit … With wemen more than wailȝeant knychtis
Ib. 4467.(6) 1535 Stewart 38349.
Kirk or kirkmen gat of thame no girth Moir nor the fox that rynnis in the firth
a1561 Q. Kennedy Breif Tract. (ed.) 128/8.
More nor it var ane sprite
(7) 1623 Crim. Trials III. 548.
This detestable and moir than barbarous murthour
1645 Lag Chart. 57.
Trewlie I am mor nor sorie that [etc.]
(8) c1475 Wall. ix. 313.
Quhat nedis mor off curtassy to tell?
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 274. a1500 Bk. Chess 1268.
As of Julius Cesare reid we more [: sor] That [etc.]
Ib. 1433. a1540 Freiris Berw. 374 (B).
Baith breid and wyne and vthir thingis moir [: befoir]
1622 Pope's New-Year Gift.
What would yee moir?
1642 Inverness Rec. II. 179.
Fyve hundreth merkis … moir to … eik with the said stipend
1649 Grant Chart. 242.
And what more shall be their pleasure heirin I shall most willinglie obay
1689 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Reg. H.) 6 May.
£27 formerlie indew and some iron moire
(9) a1568 Bann. MS. 147 a/10.
I schrew me and I moir do so
1666 Jurid. Rev. XXIV. 22.
I believed never to have seen my … friends any moor
(10) 1676 Kirkcudbr. Test. (Reg. H.) 12 Jan.
Item more restand … sex pecks
1678 Fawside Coal Compt 37.
Item moor for hairth stones £6/13/4

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