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HAMEWITH, adv., adj. Also haemwith, hamewuth, -wath.

I. adv. Homewards (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.; Mry.1 1925; ‡Abd., Ags. 1956). Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore 39:
He taks the gate, an' travels as he dow, Hamewith thro' many a wilsome height and how.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xviii.:
We thocht it time to be steppin' hamewuth afore we tint the daylicht a' thegither.
Ags. 1874  C. Sievwright Love Lilts 6:
She couldna gae hamewith her lane.
Abd. 1900  C. Murray Hamewith 1:
Fain he'd be turnin' in his prime Hamewith — the road that's never dreary.
Ags. 1914  I. Bell Country Clash 22:
It wad be better settin' some o' them if they wad look hamewath.
Abd. 1929  J. Alexander Mains and Hilly 13:
Sal, it [wind]'s a gey howder, an' aw'll better be tryin' hamewuth.

Used fig. in phr. to the hamewith, inclined towards one's own interests. Cf. II. 2. n.Sc. 1808  Jam.:
He's ay to the hamewith, he still takes care of his own.

II. adj. 1. Directed towards home, homeward (Bnff., Ags. 1956). Abd. 1778  A. Ross Helenore 141:
An' now the squire his hamewith course intends.
Bnff. 1927  E. S. Rae Hansel Fae Hame 25:
The yett by the aul' peat stack Will be open wide tae my hamewith feet.
Bch. 1949  W. R. Melvin Poems 42:
Dan's twa-mile hamewith tramp took 'oors; He stoiter't on 'mang blin'-drift shooers.

2. Self-interested (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 74).

[Reduced form of hamewurth, s.v. Hameward (see P.L.D. § 58.1), phs. influeneed by Inwith, Outwith.]

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"Hamewith adv., adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 14 Dec 2019 <>



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