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No, adv.3 Also: noe, noo. [Reduced form of Nocht adv. (? or rather of its var. noth: cf. mow and mouth, uncow and uncouth, quo and quoth). Cf. Na adv.4, Ne adv.2 and adv.3] Not.(1) a1500 Henr. III. 153/80.
I haif no come at this tyme langer to tary 1533 Boece xvi. x. 625 b.
Had I maryit … I had no bein lichlit 1560 Rolland Seven S. 4588.
That I can noe refrane My self fra schame c 1610 Lanark B. Rec. 121.
Johne Connighame said I sould no gang and I wer hangit Ib.
And he says he would no for him a 1624 Edinb. Univ. MS. ii. 319.
Thoull no accept my robe 1624 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 222.
That he will no meakke an answer your letter 1611-57 Mure True Crucifixe 255. 1649 Kelso Glovers 10.
It shall no be laufull for them … to tak another c 1650 Red Bk. Grandtully II. 146. ?1665 M. Bruce Six Dreadful Alarms 12.
Ill no give a gray groat for your doing Id. Good News in Evil Times (1708) 68. 1681 Cloud of Witnesses 94. 1686 G. Stuart Joco-Ser. Disc. 15.
She did no frown But leugh Ib. 49.
I need no' speer [etc.] Ib. 50.
Your wankle leggs canno support ye Ib. 66.
Can I no twirrle [etc.] Ib. 71.
They cou'd no' find us sike tough play(2) a1500 K. Hart 727.
Be no wraith with me 1560 Rolland Seven S. 2889.
God vs defend … that sa no be 1587–8 Prot. Bk. J. Inglis 18 Jan.
That it be no prejudiciall to hym 1590 Ib. 13 May, 13 July. 1596 Dalr. I. 133 marg.
Ȝoung & tendir of ȝeiris ar no permitted to haue the administratione c1600 Montg. Suppl. xxxv. 36.
My penitence is no to leitt [: estait] 1639 Baillie I. 240.
For then is no this the cleir method [etc.] 1642 Thanes of Cawdor 290.
We heir the laird is noe that man a1663 Pappity Stampoy 57.(3) 1569 Sc. Hist. Rev. I. 39.
At this howr I knaw no when nor where it was conclwdit a1598 Ferg. Prov. MS. No. 796.
If thow steil no my kaill brik no my dyk c1610 Jok Uplandis Newis 6 b.
At sick times we allow no of 1606 Cramond Ch. Aberdour 4. 1616 Fraserburgh Kirk S. 73 (17 Apr.), 1622 Ib. 133 (24 Apr.).
They wha communicate no 1611-57 Mure Early Misc. P. i. 49. 1666 Craven Argyll Diocese 123.
Those that comes no 1692 Presb. Eloq. (ed. 2) 78. 1693 Answ. Presb. Eloq. 74.
Ken ye no the Scots proverb [etc.](4) 1615 Fraserburgh Kirk S. 6 June.
The sessioune … findis hir no to haw sklanderit bot … to haw wtterit flyting wordis 1633 Kirkcaldy Presb. 53.
Beatrix Symmeris admonischit no to be ower hamelie with vther wyffis husbandis; Ib.4 July. It is ane warrand gud aneugh for us no to remove our seatt 1640 Kirkcudbr. Min. Bk. 10.
Any persone that shall happen no to mak peyment 1655 Soc. Ant. XXX. 18.
And noo to be disponed upon with out [etc.] c1660 J. Livingstone in Sel. Biog. I. 348.
So as she was fain no to take notice of them 1676 Welsh Gospel Summonds 23.
God calls us to be serious and no to trifle it 1679 Galloway P. 4 Jan.
& no to demolish … any of the timber(5) 1645–6 Ecclesia Antiqua 63 n.
Ordaining the same to be observit … and no contravenit 1676 Welsh Gospel Summonds 13.
What man … is there among you that can hear thir things spoken of, and no wonder at it? Ib. 16.
And he no get miekle thanks for his offer(6) 1588 Cath. Tr. 249/7.
No doubting bot he … hes power to mak lawes 1594 E. Loth. Antiq. Soc. IX. 92.
Anent the no residence of James Lambe at his paroche kirk of Bolton. the presbytrie ordanes [etc.] 1610 Mill Mediæv. Plays 258.
Thej sal be excommunicat … because of thair no compeirance being summond and no compeirand 1622 Cardross Ch. 94.
That he had … cursitt the Turkis for no deteining … of Johne Campbelle, saillor(7) 1596 Dalr. I. 96/20.
Thay spak no altogither raschlie 1600 R. Bruce Misc. Bann. C. I. 166.
‘Bot ar ye nocht persuadit?’ ‘No yit Sir,’ sayis he a1605 Birrel Diary 37.
The lyk … wes nevir done since the memorie of man. no in Wallace dayis 1638 Henderson Serm. 384.
But scarce was any there, no the silliest body that was coming by … that pleased it 1661 Aberd. Council Lett. IV. 130.
I have no much for to wrett(8) 1611 Mill Mediæv. Plays 259.
Becaus the said proces was led befoir the presbytre & no be the nixt adjacent minister a1598 Ferg. Prov. MS. No. 1495.
We may poind for debt but no for wnkyndnes(9) 1545 Douglas Corr. 155.
To this affecke or no 1560 Rolland Seven S. 1735.
Gif at that time he wald furder or no 1558-66 Knox I. 163.
Whether thei hear or no invocatioun maid unto thame 1613 Fraserburgh Kirk S. 16 (15 May).
Gif he had ony [keys] that wald opin the victuall hous duir or no 1614 Ib. 39 (19 Sept.), 1615 Ib. 30 May. 1651 Strathbogie Presb. 208. 1655 Mouswald Kirk S. 9 Dec.
Whether or no the[y] take cairfull inspectione [etc.] 1662 Forbes Cantus ix.
To see if it were so or no, Whether Christ was born or no 1687 Butler Leighton 585. 1705 Musselburgh 27.
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