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Quhare-ever, Quhair-ever, rel. adv. Also: quhar-, qwhar- and -evir, -evyr, -ewer, -ewyr, -eir. [North. ME quar(e)-ever (Cursor M.), midl. and south. where ever(e (Wyclif), e.m.E. where ever, ere, as compound rel., also ME ware evere (Layamon), late ME wher evyr (c1435), OE hwǽr … ǽfre, as interrog. ‘where on earth?’ Chiefly written as two words.]Also quhare ever that.

1. As compound relative in indefinite or generalised use: In, at or to any or every place in or to which; in or at whatever place in or to which; where- or whithersoever. = Quhare adv. B 1.(a) 1375 Barb. vi 490.
He followit him quhar evir he ȝeid
a1400 Leg. S. xvi 189.
Ȝet Goddis word thai sawand vere Quhare-euir thai ȝede
Ib. xviii 741.
Quhare ewyr
14.. Burgh Laws c. 65 (B).
It is lefful … to tak his ponde qwhar euir he fyndis it
a1500 Henr. Fab. 174 (Asl.). 1513 Doug. viii viii 18. 1523 Treas. Acc. V 211.
And follow haistelie quharevir thai first see ony balis of fyre
c1540 Lynd. Syde Taillis 29. 1540–1 Reg. Privy S. II 581/2.
That … ȝe … tak and lay handis upoun thame quharevir thai may be apprehendit
(b) a1500 Henr. Fab. 709.
Neid causis me to steill quhair euer I wend
a1500 K. Hart 282. c1500-c1512 Dunb. (O.U.P.) liv 128.
Sensyne I curs that cankerit rowte Quhair evir I go or ryde
1535 Stewart 12135.
Quhair euir thai fled that thai suld follouit be
Ib. 40524. c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 204. a1568 Scott xxiv 13.
Hir court he[s] jo quhair evir thay go
a1578 Pitsc. I 53/17.
The Earle of Douglas … brunt all the corne and corne ȝairdis, welages and tounes quhairewer he come
1647 Aberd. B. Rec. IV 85.
That quhaireuer moneyes can be hade aither in the toun or in the cuntrie, that the samen be vpliftit [etc.]
c1650 Spalding I 201, 297.(c) a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. xcv 11.
Thai leif rycht nocht quhar eir thai ga
(d) a1585 Arbuthnot Maitl. Q. xxxvii 14.
Stand still qr euer he dois thé place

b. Indicating a person as the object or ‘patient’ to or at whom another's action or feeling is directed: cf. Quhare adv. B 3 e. ?1438 Alex. ii 1710.
Quhair euer he straik, nane him abade
a1500 Henr. Robene & M. 55.
Ga lufe, Makyne, quhair evir thow list
a1500 Seven S. 1504.
Bot that thow luf quhar-euer thow list

2. Disjunctively, introducing a conditional-concessive clause: In whatever place, no matter where. b. To whatever place, whithersoever.Also quhare euer that.(1) 1375 Barb. iii 323.
I mon soiourne, quhar-euir it be
Ib. 329.
Quhar-euer ȝe be our Lord ȝow send Grace
?1438 Alex. ii 4809. c1420 Wynt. vii 3008.
a1500 Henr. Fab. 308.
Cry peip quhair euer ȝe be
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 67.
Quhair evir we meit, thairto my hand I hecht To red thy rebald rymyng [etc.]
c1568 Lauder Minor P. i 371.
Assuring ws, quhair euer we ryde or go, … He euer is with ws
1596 Dalr. I 150/36.
That Cæsar vset to karie this hous about with him, quhilke, quhairevir he stayet, mycht incontinent be erected
(2) a1400 Leg. S. i 386.
Eftir thus, in quhat place, Quhare-euir Nero fundyn wes
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 1318.
In firth, forest and fell, quhare euer that it standis
1482 Reg. Morton II 246.
I sall travell … in all partis wythin the kynryk of Scotlande … quhareuer thai happyn to be for the tyme
b. a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 1293.
Quhare euer ye found or fair, be firth or be fell, I sall be reddy at your will
1580 Hume Promine 20.
In burgh or land, quhair euer that thow gois
c1600 Montg. Suppl. ii 13.

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