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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.

ATHOOT, prep., adv., conj. A dial. form of without. (Also in Eng. dial.) [ə′θut]

1. prep., in various senses of without. Gen.Sc.Sh.(D) 1906 T. P. Ollason Spindrift 13:
Hit's a goadless affair at daecent folk can't come athoot dir door, athoot bein' afronted an' miscaad ta dir face.
Bnff.2 1929:
I dig awa' athoot ae bawbee in my pooch. — I doot that's athoot his poo'er.
Ags.(D) 1922 J. B. Salmond Bawbee Bow'den vii.:
He had on . . . a claw'd-hammer coat athoot ane o' the tails.
em.Sc. 2000 James Robertson The Fanatic 64:
'That may be true, my lord,' Lauder said, 'but surely it was by yer ain guid offices that the Bass fell intae his hauns? Athoot yersel, he wouldna hae it noo as a prison for the rebels.'
Edb. 1893 W. G. Stevenson Wee Johnnie Paterson 77:
Maybe Maggie's better athoot it.
Uls.(D) 1886 W. G. Lyttle Sons of the Sod iv.:
Ye ken that athoot axin.

2. adv Outside. Gen.Sc.Kcb.4 1900:
Athoot is ootbye, whar wun' an' rain may tak' their wull o' ye.

3. conj. Unless. Gen.Sc.Lnk.1 1932:
We can dae naething athoot we hear fae him.
Gall.(D) 1901 Trotter Gall. Gossip 109:
But that didna mak them Saxons, athoot eatin the Saxons' beass for fower hunner year had some effec that wey.

[From withoot, by slurring of the unstressed first syllable. Cf. Athin.]

Athoot prep., adv., conj.

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