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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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(Ner,) Nar, Nair, a. [ME. and e.m.E. nerre and north. e.m.E. narr(e (1607) compar. adj. = nearer, and mod. Sc. and north. Eng. dial. nar compar. and positive adj. = nearer, near, OE. néarra compar. of néah near and ON. nærre compar. adj.: cf. Ner adv. and Nere a.1] a. (The) shorter or (the) direct (road or route). b. Closely related. c. ‘Near’ or left (side of an animal). —a. 1513 Doug. v. iv. 18.
Cloanthus he dyd behald Hard at hys taill that gan the nar way hald
b. c1650 Spalding II. 44.
He … cam in to the Erll Marschall his nar cusing
c. 1622 Hawick Ann. 232.
Ten quhyt and ane blak [sheep] keillit on the nar syd with tar
1667 Kelso Baillie Ct. 70 b.
And thrie [ewes] cutt in the fair luige and foir haved in the nair

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"Ner adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 1 Dec 2023 <>



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