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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.

AVA, Awa, Avaa, adv.phr. [ə′vɑ: I.Sc., n.Sc., but mn.Sc. + ‡ə′wɑ:; ə′vǫ: em. and wm.Sc. ə′vɒ: sm.Sc., s.Sc.]

1. Used as in Eng. at all, gen. with an interrog., or neg., or virtual neg., or in a conditional clause. Gen.Sc. Cf. Ata.Sc. 1862 A. Hislop Proverbs (3rd ed.) 203:
Lang and sma', gude for naething ava.
Sc. 1991 T. S. Law in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 34:
af coorse, an no whit we wuid caa
richt pits tae wrang the wurd avaa,
for weel we ken the wurd is law.
Ork.(D) 1880 Dennison Orcad. Sk. Bk. 19:
That wus no like a gentleman ava'.
Mry. 1873 J. Brown Round Table Club 263:
Fat's this noo ava?
Bnff.2 1932:
I am familiar with ata, ava, awa, the last is growing less and less common.
Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 15:
Frae mang the stock, his honour gat his fa', An' got but little cunzie, or nane awa.
Abd. 1995 Flora Garry Collected Poems 18:
Fyles ye myurr-myurr to me ma leen,
Yer quaverin myowies thin an smaa,
Sae saft they're scarce a soun avaa.
Ags. 1846 G. Macfarlane Rhymes of Leisure Hours 80:
No a bow there was ava' In laft or kiln.
m.Sc. 1989 Scotsman 13 May 14:
His advice to his successors: "Stick to the old tradition. This bloody kind o' jazz, top of the pops, is nae uise avaa.'
Fif. 1893 “G. Setoun” Barncraig (2nd ed.) iv.:
Hoots, nothing ava', . . . just a kind of shapeless thing that's been bummin' i' my head all day.
Edb. 1895 J. Tweeddale Moff 103:
Ye ken it's the shivers that obleeges me tae touch't ava'.
Gsw. 1904 J. J. Bell Jess and Co. i.:
For I'm thinkin' there's room for anither [jiner] if he's got ony spunk ava'.
Ayr. 1886 J. Meikle The Lintie 157:
Nae mair awa, Wull, nae mair awa - steady at that, Lintie.
Kcb. 1885 A. J. Armstrong Friend and Foe 44:
Noo we'll hae a dance, if he can scrape ava.
Ant. 1928 The Irish Breeder 18:
Says I, my young freen o why dae ye say There's nae doots ava a gid yin wud pay.

2. The following are two unusual uses of ava — viz. (1) of all, (2) in all.(1) Sc. a.1806 Lamkin in Ballads ed. Child (1904) No. 93 xxv.:
It is your young son's heart's blood; 'T is the clearest ava.
Ayr. 1784 Burns Address to the Deil xviii.:
An' lows'd his ill-tongu'd wicked Scawl, Was warst ava.
(2) Abd.(D) 1809 J. Skinner Amusements, etc. 64:
And now the laddie has a flock O' mair nor thirty head ava'.

[Av = of, and a' = all. Cf. Fr. du tout with negatives. There is no parallel usage in St.Eng.]

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