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Quoth, p.t. Also: qwoth, quhot, qot, qt. [e.m.E. quoth (1581), ME quoþ (14th c.), also coþe, coth, cuth, earlier cwað, quaþ (13th c.), OE cwæð p.t. of cweðan to say, speak. Cf. Quod, Quo, also Quethe n.The only instances we have noted before the 17th c. are that at Clar. iv 1642, and contracted forms occurring in two small sections of the Bann. MS: for examples of the more usual contractions of this MS see Quod.] Said. = Quod v., p.t.(1) 15.. Clar. iv 1642.
I pleise it weill, quoth [ed. quoch] scho, in all maneire
a1598 Ferg. Prov. No. 253. a1598 Ferg. Prov. MS 1481.
We hounds slew the hair, quoth [Carmichael No. 1652, quo] the messone
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 743 (Wr.).
That, quoth [L., W. quod] Experience, is true
1665–7 Lauder Jrnl. 148, etc.
Base man that he was, quoth he
1682 Lauder Observes 305.
(b) a1568 Dunb. Bann. MS 104a/29.
Qot he [etc.]
Ib. 36, 43, 50. Ib. 115a/11.
Qot he quhy skarris thow [etc.] … Qod I [etc.]
a1568 Bann. MS 143b/29, 12. Ib. 144a/15.
Qot he [etc.] … q scho [etc.]
15.. Wyf Awcht. 17.
Quhot he, Quhair is my horssis corne?
(2) a1568 Bann. MS 139b/112.
Qot Balnevis
Ib. 141a/61.

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