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Fow, Fou, a. and adv. [Normal Sc. spelling of , reduced form of ME. and OE. full.]

a. adj. 1. Full (of something).(1) a1500 Seven S. 759.
He … fillit the twn with watter fow
Ib. 1740.
Ane … barrell of gold fowe
1490 Irland Mir. fol. 335.
Thire fleis … are now fow of my blud
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lx. 24.
Fill fow the glass and drynk me to
1535 Stewart 55824.
In the fleing dround wes mony ane … quhen the se was fow
1560 Rolland S.S. 2154.
This tre was laidin fow Of nobill frute
Ib. 9772.
All his hall of nobill men is fow
(2) c1550 Rolland Ct. Venus i. 564.
My sawis … ar richt suith and ar of sentence fow
Id. Seven S. 3477.
Scho was of falset fow
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. cv. 2.
Sum of the poyetis and makaris that ar now Off grit dispite and malice ar sa fow
1600-1610 Melvill 67.
He wald … bauldlie hauld thair eares fow of the treuthe

2. a. Of persons or the stomach. Full of food or drink. a1500 K. Hart 909.
Gluttony that oft maid me our fow
1513 Doug. viii. Prol. 138.
Sum wald haue … thar wame fow
1535 Stewart 33289.
Vpoun ane nycht quhen tha war all rycht fow Of michtie wyne
1540 Lynd. Sat. 4274.
Quhen fuillis ar fow, then ar they faine
a1568 Scott ii. 179.
Thair avairis … wer so fow and pang with drafe
a1578 Pitsc. I. 91/10.
Thair is no talk to be had betuix ane fow man and ane fastand
1587-99 Hume iii. 224.
With bellie fow the beastes beliue Are turned fra the corne
fig. c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxv. 18.
My wame is of ȝonr lufe sa fow
1573 Sat. P. xlii. 680.
Saullis hunger thay feill nane thame sell, … Thay ar sa fow now thay need nane

b. Drunk, intoxicated. 1535 Stewart 8388.
To dance and drink, and ay to fill thame fow
1540 Lynd. Sat. 139.
Na, he is wod drunkin, I trow. Se ȝe not that he is wod fow?
1583 Sat. P. xlv. 747.
They baith gaid fow aneuch to bed
a1585 Polwart Flyt. 171 (T).
Quhen the feynd wes a nicht fow, In banket birland at the beir
1604 Shetland Sheriff Ct. 128.
The said Magnus being fow and drunkin
1609 Crim. Trials III. 47.
He callis ane gritt number of the keiparis of the Castell into his chalmer, quhair he drinkis theme all fow

c. Pregnant a1568 Scott ii. 205.
Fra scho fell fow he fled away

b. adv. Fully; very. a1400 Leg. S. vii. 753.
He saw a wal [that] wes fow thyke
c1420 Ratis R. 247.
Quha kepis thar handis innocent, Fow mekle a grace God has thaim lent
1511 Prestwick B. Rec. 43.
The said Johne seruit haill & fow, eftir the furme of his clame
15.. Christis Kirk 23 (B.).
Fow ȝellow ȝellow wes hir heid
a1568 Bann. MS. 140 a/29.
Quha delt with thé thay wer fow daft

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