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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Dout, Dowt, v. Also: dut, doute, doutt, dowtt, doubt, doupt, dowbt, dowpt. [ME. doute, dowte, early dute, OF. douter, duter.]

1. intr. To be uncertain or doubtful. Also with of.(1) 1375 Barb. iv. 714.
Ȝeit suld he ay dout quhill he Saw how that it com till ending
c1420 Wynt. iv. 686.
His gret ost … Dowtyd gyff ony wattrys ware Off sic abowndans [etc.]
1513 Doug. ii. ii. 102.
We, dowtyng heiron, send the preste Erypilus Answer to seik
1533 Gau 31/22.
Thane thow art reid and dowtis and fallis in dispair
1596 Dalr. I. 50/24.
Mony doubtes, gif thir be the very rycht salmont
Ib. II. 186/16.
Ȝe suld … haue doubted vpon that questioun
(2) 1375 Barb. ix. 112.
That swa seik wes the King That men doutit of his coueryng
14.. Acts I. 57/2.
To certify the Iustice apon matteris of the quhilkis he doutis
1513 Doug. iii. i. 96.
Quhen first of Troiane defens begouth he dowt
1558-66 Knox II. 448.
What ressonable man can doute now of Goddis will

2. tr. To be doubtful about (something). Usually const. with clause (freq. with bot).(1) a1400 Leg. S. xxx. 269.
God suld wit it, I dut nocht
c1420 Wynt. vi. 1755.
The heyast man I sall thé ma Off all Ingland, dowt thow noucht
c1420 Ratis R. 1707.
Propreteis seir … he opnit out That war unknawing & to dowt
a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 544.
Dout nocht, Deulbere. Tu es Dyabolus
1562-3 Winȝet II. 78/20.
Sum men may dout quha ar thir quhom he wald forbid [etc.]
1570 Sat. P. xii. 67.
I dout not, in our dayis, Hepburnis will wraik for wyrrying of the King
1614 Highland P. III. 155.
Whiche I dout not … your Lo. will sie remedit
(2) 1531 Bell. Boece II. 133.
Dout not, bot … thay sall invade us
Id. Livy I. 29/15.
It is not to be doutit bot the samyn Brutus … suld haue [etc.]
1561 Q. Kennedy Oratioun 3.
Nocht douttande bot it is your L.L. will
1562-3 Winȝet I. 79/23.
As we dout nocht bot ȝe wil do
1570 Reg. Morton I. 53.
This mekle I doupt nocht bot ȝe understand
1573-1600 Cath. Tr. 250/24.
Not doutand bot angels … may and do pray for us
1586 Reg. Morton I. 149.
Nocht dowting bot all thair peiris in Scotland wald do the lyke

3. tr. To fear, dread, be afraid of (a person or thing).(a) 1375 Barb. viii. 257.
Thar is nane … In all thys land that us thar doute
Ib. ix. 538.
Gallovay wes stonayit gretumly, And doutit hym for his bounte
a1400 Leg. S. xxxiv. 208.
The bischope … tacht hyre hou scho God suld dout
?1438 Alex. i. 2415.
I dout the furriouris far mair Than all the laif that leuand air
1456 Hay I. 86/6.
It was agayn all … resoun to ches the thing that maist is doutit and dred
1470 Peebles B. Rec. 163.
The balyais askyt at the sayd John gyf he doutyt his skath
1490 Irland Mir. I. 32/18.
To honour god, … to luf him, … to dout him
1549 Compl. 21/10.
Quhar is the toune of Cartage that … vas grytumly doutit & dred be the Romans?
1567 G. Ball. 60.
Quhome suld I dout bot him, that dantis deide
(b) c1420 Wynt. ii. 1518.
All Asy dowtyde thare powere
Ib. viii. 4094.
He dowtyd the gret mycht Off his wnfrendis
a1500 Bk. Chess 2144.
Off gret corage he is … And dowtis nocht his fais multitud
1513 Doug. iii. Prol. 25.
He dowtis na dynt of polax, sword, nor mace
a1568 Scott xxx. 36.
In doing that Mycht caus thair fais to dowt thame
(c) 1456 Hay I. 62/11.
The grete that lufit him nocht doubtit him
Ib. II. 49/29.
To defend him fra his fa, and doubte na thing
1570 Leslie .
He … was ane valyeant prince, and grytly doupted of his enemyes
1596 Dalr. I. 113/22.
With gret baldness … thay set stoutlie on, doubteng na danger

b. To fear or be afraid, to suspect, that (etc.). 1375 Barb. v. 34.
And he wes alsua doutand ay That his lord suld pas the se
c1420 Wynt. ii. 807.
Thai dowtyd at hys senyhoury Suld thame abawndown halyly
Ib. 1101.
Thai dowtyt sare that he walde wyn Thare landis
1456 Hay I. 63/20.
He doubtit that his palace suld blaw to the erde
Ib. 134/17.
Gif … the chaplayne wist wele or dowtit that the thef … mycht do it
1482 Lennox Mun. 122.
His Maieste dred and doutit that certane lordis … wald hafe slayne and vndone him
a1500 Bk. Chess 1913.
He dowtit so the swerd suld be his deid
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxiv. 11.
I dout that Merche … Hes slane this gentill herbe
1555 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 229.
Quharthrow it is dowbtit be the provest [etc.] … that thai may nocht change the same without our licence had thairto
1570 Leslie 118.
He doubtit lest he mycht be brocht out of the waye

4. intr. To fear, be afraid. Const. for, of. c1420 Wynt. viii. 6368.
That yhere a gret pestilens … Fell … , That men dowtyd for mare skath
1456 Hay II. 135/32.
Than suld he nocht dout of no malady
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 1266.
I trow this deuore be done, I dout for na deir
a1500 Prestis of Peblis 879.
Quhairfoir sould ȝe dout or be a-dred
1533 Gau 94/25.
Al men quhilk ar vexit in thair hartt, doutand for thair sinnis
c1550 Rolland C. Venus ii. 431.
Dout not thairfor, for nothing sall the aill
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 472.
He will not ly quhair he is slaine, That douttis befoir he dies

b. Const. to with inf. ( = of with gerund). c1420 Wynt. i. 35.
I dowt sare thame tyll offende
Ib. 44; etc.
I dowt confoundyt for to be
?1438 Alex. ii. 9358.
Thay that doutand war to de Gaif straikis sa horrible and sa he
1456 Hay I. 51/1.
Sa that the Romaynis was doutand to be destroyit at all poyntis
a1500 Henr. Fab. 2273.
Ane lord … That schrinkis for schame, or doutis to be reprufit
c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 9/28.
Quhen euer he knawis or doutis to be in dedly syn
a1570-86 Maitl. F. xxxix. 124.
Douttis thow to want or quhair of hes thow dreid

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