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BODE, BOD, n. Not found in Mod.Eng. [bod, bɔd]

1. A bid, an offer, esp. at an auction. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1721  J. Kelly Proverbs 368:
You may get ware Bode e'er [sic] Beltan. [Found also in Fergusson Proverbs a.1598, 15.]
Sc. 1822  Scott F. Nigel xxxi.;
Angus Gl.:
It is time he were gaen, if he doubles his bode that gate.
Sh. 1935 7 ;
I took da coo back fae da roop, fir I niver got a bod for her.
Per. 1895  R. Ford Tayside Songs 111:
The first bode o' marriage is laden wi' luck, An' the lassie was gyte for a man.
Lnk. 1919  G. Rae 'Tween Clyde and Tweed 37:
And what a voice! it rings ower a' the closs “Bring oot the filly,” an' he asks for bodes.
Ayr. 1799  Burns To W. Nicol in Letters (ed. Mackenna) 116:
I refused fifty-five shillings for her, which was the highest bode I could squeeze for her.

2. “The term is used, though with less propriety, to denote the price asked by a vender, or the offer of goods at a certain rate” (Sc. 1825 Jam.2; Bnff.2, Abd.19, Fif.1 1935). Sc. 1816  Scott Antiquary (1818) xxxix.:
Ye should never tak a fishwife's first bode.

3. “An omen” (Mry.1 1925). Ayr. 1821  Galt Ann. Parish iii.:
Expounding dreams, and bodes of every sort.

4. A greeting; hence a visit. Slk. a.1835  Hogg Tales, etc. (1837) III. 177:
If ye miss a kind reception up stairs, ye may come down again, and gie a poor body a fleein' bode.

5. “An invitation” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)); esp. to a marriage. Sh. 1935 7 :
Did du get a bod ta da weddin?
Upper Clydes. 1825  Jam.2:
Bod. A personal invitation; distinguished from Bodeword, which denotes an invitation by means of a letter or a messenger.
Tweedd. 1903  Abd. Wkly. Free Press (24 Oct.) (E.D.D. Suppl.):
I'll be lookin' for a bode tae the weddin' or lang.

Comb.: bod penny, the sum fixed as increase in bid at an auction. Still in use in ne.Sc. (1936). See also Penny. Ayr. 1732  Muniments Royal Burgh Irvine (Ayr. and Gall. Arch. Assoc. 1891) II. 135:
The Bod Penny to be fourty shilling Scots for each [increase].

[O.Sc. bode, bod, an offer, first date 1456 (D.O.S.T.). O.E. bod, idem, from pa.p. stem of bēodan, to offer.]

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