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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Gef, Geff, v. P.t. gef, geff. P.p. geffin, -yn(e, -ynne. [Var. of geif, Gefe v. The short vowel is difficult to account for.] tr. To give, in various senses.(a) a1400 Leg. S. xlii. 121.
Quyncyane bad gef hire buffetis
1438 Montgomery Mem. 29.
The forsayd Alan sall geff … fourty marcis worth off land
a1500 Bernardus 93.
Wrang iugment thow geffys
Ib. 201.
Thi consel gef hym tyl
1482 Bamff Chart. 32.
Alexander Ramsay sal gef thame othir twenti markis
1519 Thanes of Cawder 130.
To geff the forsaid Sir Johne … our manrent
1594 Paisley B. Rec. 160.
It sall be leisum to ony uther notary to gef writ tharupon
(b) a1400 Leg. S. v. 654.
That kynge … Gef almus to thame
Ib. vi. 659.
Al the prestis gef a ȝell
1438 Misc. Spald. C. V. 392.
The golde that he … geff for the charteris
1489 Acta Aud. 121/2.
As he gef owr the office of bailȝery
1492 Acta Conc. 250/1.
Thai … geff na dome thairapoun
1546 Elgin Rec. I. 88.
John Beyn grantit … that he gef ane arill penne to Androu Mylln
1593 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 85.
[He] geff hir many bauch and bla straiks
1596 Misc. Spald. C. I. 88.
His last wordis, befoir he gef wp his braith
1604 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 240.
John Howstoun … gef his aith of fidelitie
(c) a1400 Leg. S. iii. 556.
Haf I nocht geffyne thé The space of a nycht
1421 Montgom. Mem. 23.
At ȝe ger be geffin … sesyng to the said Herbert
1438 Ib. 30.
Aythyr has geffyn othyr thair bodyly ath
1485 Liber Coll. Glasg. 195.
The saidis Roberte and Jonet … has geffynne and grantit [etc.]
1545 Montgom. Mem. 139.
I … the said Charlys … has geffin mye bodele aith herapon
1564 Prestwick B. Rec. 68.
We depone our decret & … ordanis … dwyme [to be] geffin thair apoun

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