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Nane other, uther, pron. and a. Also: nan, nain(e, nayne, neyn and othir, oythire, uthir(e, -ar, -air, wther, -ir, ud(d)er, udir. [North. and early ME. nan oþer, also na nother (1428), midl. and south. non oþer (13th c.), other, noon other, odur, also no noder (1426), e.m.E. none other, also no nother (1534), OE. nán óðer: cf. Non(e) other. (Cf. also Na uther a. and Nother a.2)]

1. adj. Not any other, no other (thing(s), person(s), etc.).Cf. Nane a.1 B 2 b.(1) a1400 Leg. S. vi. 346.
Fele palace … That with nane vthire thing ar bocht Bot … almus-ded
c1420 Ratis R. 37.
Nan vthir
1416 Liber Melros 539.
Na nane othir man
c1420 Wynt. vii. 1774.
Submyttyd immedyate to the Pape And to nane othir archebyschape
Ib. iv. 1086, vi. Prol. 23. 14.. Burgh Laws c. 35 (B).
That bludwytis merchete na nane vthir syk aucht nocht [etc.]
1429 Acts II. 17/2.
A mayr of fee … sal schaw nane vthir power in … his summondis
1456 Hay I. 246/9.
Na ȝit nane othir king
c1475 Wall. xi. 444.
In that lugeyng nane othir fud thai fand
1492 Myll Spect. 286/3. c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxix. 40. 1512 Reg. Privy S. I. 314/1. 1513 Doug. viii. Prol. 179. Ib. ix. viii. 92. 1533 Boece ii. xi. 81.
That the chiftane suld nane vthir way be namyt than the … couth terme
15.. Clar. i. 571.
Nane uthar harberie was about
c1552 Lynd. Mon. (L) 805.
Thay had nane uther cure … Bot past thair tyme with joy
Ib. 3221, 4689. 1565 Facs. Nat. MSS. III. xx.
Nor for nane vther letter
1567 G. Ball. 71. 1570 Sat. P. x. 155.(b) 1469 Acts II. 95/1.
Na nain vthir officiare
1527–8 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 92.
To nayne uther persone bot to the said Robert
(2) 1386 Slater Early Sc. Texts No. 9.
uninfl. Na nane othir harmes
1469 Acts II. 97/1.
That thair be … nain vthir conterfetis of blac mone tane in payment … bot oure souerane lordis awne blac mone
1567 G. Ball. 2.
Thow sall haue nane vther godis befoir my face
infl. 1504 Perth Guildry MS. 156 (15 Nov.).
That nane gildbrether … tak nor nain vtheris persones tak apone hand to by nother woll [etc.]

b. absol. in reference to a preceding noun.(1) 14.. Burgh Laws c. 52 (A).
Ilk burges … may haf ane oyn … & nane other
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xl. 14.
All wyne to test scho wald disdane Bot mavasy, scho bad nane vder
1533 Boece iii. xx. 120.
Be this way and nane vthir suld the lang weris be fynnyssit
1561 St. A. Kirk S. 130.
He ansueris that he wald use nan other [sc. defence] nor he had used alredy
(2) 1501 (c 1580) Edinb. B. Rec. I. 91.
Thai promittit … nocht to be in his contrare in sic cais … nor nain vtheris concerning his office

2. pron. No other (person), no one else. Also plur., no others.(1) a1400 Leg. S. xxiv. 284, 5.
& til nane oythire be noyus, Na charg nane vthyre with his fud
?1438 Alex. ii. 264.
Bot he is dede, thair is nane other
1456 Hay I. 148/23.
That nane othir may do bot my self
a1500 Seven S. 117.
Ȝe haf nane vther gottin bot ane
Ib. 2443.
Thar is na clerk na ȝit nane othir That suld the tane knawe be the tothire
1509 Reg. Privy S. I. 271/2.
Nor nane uther … that come with him
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxxvi. 38.
And tak example be nane vdder
1522–3 Selkirk B. Ct. (ed.) 67.
Nayne other
15.. Christis K. 218 (B).
He durst ding nane vdir For feir
1567 G. Ball. 12. 1570 Breadalbane Lett. 22 July.
And I lippin naine uthir
1574 Conv. Burghs I. 31.
The commissionaris … admittis Johnne Seyttoun … and nane vthair
c1590 Fowler II. 162/19. 1596–7 Misc. Spald. C. I. 90.
And the said Bessie Schives saw neyn wther than bot ye onlie
(2) c1515 Asl. MS. I. 222/22.
plur. The lordis awne seruandis of houshald & nane vtheris
1482 Acta Aud. 99/1.
That scho causit nocht be hir self nor nane vtheris in circumvenyng of [etc.]
1498 Acta Conc. II. 233.
Nocht the sade Alexander … nor yit nane utheris that had enteres … never being callit
1543–4 Corr. M. Lorraine 69.
Nocht be your solistacioune nor nain otheris in Scotland
1562 Montgomery Mem. 191.
Sall nocht cum wnder … band with nayne wthiris
1562-3 Winȝet I. 55/20.

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