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To-day, adv. Also: to-daye, to-dais. [ME and e.m.E. to dei (c1175), to dai (c1200), to daie (Layamon), to day (Wyclif), to daye (1510-20), OE tó dæᵹ; To prep. and Day n.1 4.] Today, on this very day. = the day (The def. art. 3 b). Also in collocation with To-morn(e adv.(1) 1375 Barb. xvi 621 (C).
Men sall se Quha lufis the kyngis mensk to-day
?1438 Alex. i 249.
Alexander sall tyne to-day The folks that he luffit maist
?1438 Alex. ii 3031.
To-day in the morning airly, Of Effezone we went in hy
a1500 Rauf C. 376.
Ȝea, Dame, haue nane dreid of my lyfe to day, Lat me wirk as I will, the weird is mine awin
a1500 Rauf C. 527.
Quhair winnis that Wymond thow hecht to meit to day?
a1500 Seven S. 503.
My son sall na way de to day
(b) 1511 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III 106.
Bot gif I will sell the said meile to dais I can nocht get of hand siluer for the boll iiij schillingis
(2) ?1438 Alex. ii 3842.
Auyse ȝow, schir, or ȝe be wraith, Today and hale to-morne baith
a1500 Bk. Chess 1463.
Bocht to daye and sauld tomorne
c1500-c1512 Dunb. (OUP) 188/9.
Thow may to day haif gude to spend And hestely to morne fra it wend
1567 G. Ball. 30.
To day ane man, is fresche and fair, To morne he lyis seik and sair

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