Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
FERE, n.1 Also feer, fier(e), feir. Dim. feirie.
1. As in Eng., only in arch. or poet. use: a companion, comrade, spouse, contemporary, equal. Cf. playfere s.v. Play.
Sc. c.1725 Lady Wardlaw in Ramsay T. T.Misc. (1876) I. 228:
Yonder, my valiant sons and feirs, Our raging ravers wait. Sc. 1775 Hobie Noble in Child Ballads No. 189. xx.:
Get up, get up, my feiries five — For I wat here makes a fu ill day. Ayr. 1788 Burns Auld Lang Syne v.:
And there's a hand, my trusty fiere, And gie's a hand o' thine. Abd. 1828 P. Buchan Ballads I. 179:
Come choose a fere, my daughter dear, As lang as ye hae me. Rnf. 1839 in R. Chambers Pop. Rhymes (1870) 247:
Clock Sorrow Mill has nae feir. Knr. 1891 “H. Haliburton” Ochil Idylls 87:
Alas! alas! my fellow feres, We may no more deny The pressure of the speeding years. Sc. 1920 A. Gray From Heine 75:
Am I ower auld to be your fere?
2. Phr.: †feer for feer, equal for equal, equal in every respect.
Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 15:
For he's nae boss, six score o' lambs the year, In heartning gueed, the match is feer for feer. Mry. 1806 R. Jamieson Ballads I. 294:
And Bess was a braw thumpin kittie, For Habbie just feer for feer. Abd. 1824 G. Smith Douglas 23:
Norval shall match Glenalvon, feer for feer.
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