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Fouth, Fowth, n. Also: fauythe, fouthe, fowthe, foucht. [Var. of Fulth n.] Abundance, plenty (of something).(1) c1420 Wynt. i. 1340 (C).
Bot [= unless] thar fe Fra fauythe of met distreynȝhede be
1531 Bell. Boece I. p. xxiii.
The gret fouth of gers, cornis, and bestiall in our landis
Ib. II. 10.
Than followit incredibil plente, with mair habundance and fouth than was evir rememberit … afore
1551 Hamilton Cat. 35.
Ye sal eit your bred with fouth
c1590 J. Stewart 136/7.
In to ane garth, Quhair fouth of flours vprose
(2) 1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. iii. 114.
Thow sall haue fouth of sentence and not scant
Id. Æn. i. Prol. 11.
For that I the fowth of langage want
1531 Bell. Boece I. 86.
Sic fouth of virtew and letteris multiplyit in thay dayis
a1568 Scott xxxvi. 29.
Quhen thy fowth of grace I feill
c1590 J. Stewart 207 § 31.
Cum quhair ȝe may Find fouth of all contentment eftir cair
1600-1610 Melvill 142.
Withe … fouthe of evidence of reasone and langage

b. At fouth, in abundance, copiously, fully. c1500 Crying of Play 41.
Ȝit he was bot of tendere ȝouth Bot eftir he grewe mekle at fouth
1531 Bell. Boece II. 138.
Thair is al maner of philosophy, with eloquence at fouth
Ib. 272.
Thow sall have riches at fouth
1535 Stewart 16279.
Fredome and fairnes he had at all fouth
Ib. 32769.
With wyne at welth, and victuall at grit fouth
1562 Scott i. 138.
Thai faill for falt that had befoir at fouth
1573 Sat. P. xlii. 287.
Sic ane number can not want Fals fenȝeit Judasis at fouth
1603 Philotus xx.
For fume cast sucker in at fouth

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