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Coft, p.t. and p.p. Also: cofft, cofte, koft, cofit, coift, couft. [MDu. cofte p.t., (ghe)coft p.p. of copen to buy (mod.Du. koopen, kocht, gekocht).] Bought, acquired by purchase or outlay.In very common use after 1500.(a) ?1438 Alex. ii. 4365.
Gif my father be fell of thocht, It cummis him of kynd; he coft it nocht
1458 Peebles B. Rec. 130.
A gra gon and a red bonet, the qwilk scho coft at John Smayl
1484 Acta Aud. *133/1.
Gif … Henry has ony accioun again ony personis quhilk he coft the ward of the said landis fra
1498 Halyb. 178.
Paid to the lytyll Spanȝart for prowndamas that Andra coft fra hym in Aberdene
a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 1220.
Ane pretius claith, … That kingly corps to couer he coft syne
1567 Reg. Privy C. I. 517.
Eftir that he had sayit hir [the ship] lang for hyir, … he coft hir … a yeir syne or thairby
1573 Rec. Earld. Orkney 135.
Hir broder quha coft the samin rycht fra hir
1584 Waus Corr. I. 290.
I newer mellit with ane plaik of my gudschouris gair, but samekill as I coift fra his waif
1595 Wedderb. Compt Bk. 70.
Coft half a quarter of the Thomas … with hir new saellis, new cablis [etc.]
1601 Crim. Trials II. ii. 354.
Quhair he, in the said fair, coft ane broune meir
1606 St. A. Baxter Bks. 70.
The quheit and rye quhilk he coift him selfe
1624 Black Bk. Taymouth 61.
The said Sir Duncane Campbell anno 1624 coft the tuentie merk land of Stronmelocquhan
c1650 Spalding I. 150.
The poor men … followed in and coft back their own sheep againe
1650 Elgin B. Rec. II. 273.
She coft poysone … to mak a saw to cure a bairne
(b) 1471 Peebles B. Rec. 167.
Quhill the nychtburis of the town haf coft at thai will
1516 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 159.
He had coft fra Robert Bartane … four last of hydis
1530 Ib. II. 28.
He has sensyne coft syklyk stuf to regrait
1561 Crim. Trials I. 416.
Ane penner and yncorne quhilk scho had coft fra the said cramer
1598 Lennox Mun. 356.
I haif coft twa pair spectakillis, within kace, for awcht schillingis
1604 Shetland Sheriff Ct. 115.
Ihone Scot … hes koft ane ox fra … Patrik and Robert Forbes
1638 Rothes Affairs Kirk 48.
Haveing coft for us the Book of Commone Prayer
(c) 1473 Treas. Acc. I. 14.
A sadill … coft be Andro Balfoure fra the said James
Ib. 32.
Coft be the Qwene hir self … iij tymir of armyng
a1500 Seven S. 728.
Ane herb … Sa faire, sa fragrant, and sa soft, That it with gold mycht nocht be coft
1518 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 179.
That all sic merchandice cum to the said burgh and be coft fra the fremen of the samyn
1531 Bell. Boece I. p. xxiv.
Our wol … is desirit be all peple, and coft with gret price
1541 Reg. Privy S. II. 644/2.
Of unlefull gudis and marchandice coft or to be coft be thame
1551 Acts II. 483/2.
That nane of our Souerane Ladyis … hauaris of tauernis … huird or hyde ony sic wynis coft be thame
a1585 Maitland Maitl. Q. xvi. 119.
That na persoun … Sall ony caus haue to complein That iustice now is coft and sauld
1585 Elgin Rec. I. 178.
Ane Dauid Lyndsay buik coft be the said Blais to the said Thomas the tyme he wes at the scole leiring
1589 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 9.
The pryce of threttie sevin last of salt cofit be thame fra him
1596 Dalr. I. 63/16.
We remember … that a hundir egs commonlie war cofte for a French sous
1606 Melrose R. Rec. I. 6.
The price of thre firlotis iij pekis meill coift and ressavit be him
1622-6 Bisset II. 230/11.
Iudges and notaris sall gif na testymonie of the merchandice coft in ony place
1631–2 Misc. Spald. C. V. 149.
For a trunk coverit with selches skyn, coft at London to the townes use
c1650 Spalding I. 347.
Our country people had dar schone thairefter, sum paying xl s., sum 36 s., that wont to be coft for xx or 24 s.
1672 Hist. Kinloss A. p. xvi.
The outlandish seids that cannot be win be the said George to be coft be the said Iohn Hay

b. In various figurative contexts. c1420 Wynt. ix. 1144.
He that all mankynd cofft fra care, Grawnt hym in hevyn to be happy
a1500 Henr. III. 99/102.
Chryst, that deit on tre, And coft our synnis deir
a1500 Rauf C. 105.
Dame, I haue deir coft all this dayis hyre
1531 Bell. Boece I. p. cv.
Quhay … with thair blud our liberteis hes coft
1533 Boece iii. xxi. 124.
Spending his remanent dayis in rest and eis, coft be grete laubouris and pyne
1535 Stewart 38044.
To thame that banquet had bene ouir deir coft
1540 Lynd. Sat. 1250.
Ȝour cumming sall be richt deir coft
1549 Corr. M. Lorraine 301.
Mair experians of lauburis and cumiris of this wairild … , of the quhilkis part I haif coft
1561 Q. Kennedy Oratioune 5.
The trew fayth … so deirlie coft with the … blude … of Ihesus
1567 G. Ball. 220.
I was sauld, and thow me bocht, With thy blude thow hes me coft
a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI 192.
Petitions whilk tharefter was deir coft

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