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STEY, v.1, n.1 Also stie (Uls. 1879 W. G. Lyttle Readings 27; Rxb. 1895 J. B. Webber Rambles 5), stigh (Uls. 1931 Northern Whig (7 Dec.) 9). Sc. forms and usage of Eng. stay, to remain, tarry, a sojourn, etc. (Sc. 1813 The Scotchman 118; Per., Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1915–26 Wilson, Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Rxb. 1942 Zai; m. and s.Sc. 1971): to dwell, reside (permanently or usually), to make one's home (Sc. 1782 J. Sinclair Ob. Sc. Dial. 167, 1881 A. Mackie Scotticisms 50). Gen.Sc. Cf. Bide, which is the n.Sc. equivalent usage. [stəi] Edb. c.1730 E. Burt Letters (1815) I. 21:
I was told that I must . . . inquire for such a launde (or building) where the gentleman stayd.
Sc. 1814 Scots Mag. (Feb.) 145:
The kitchen, where they usually “stay”.
Edb. 1931 E. Albert Herrin' Jennie vi.:
“Where does your enemy stay?” he asked. “Herrin' Jennie? A'body kens where she bides.”
Arg. 1936 Times (11 Jan.) 14:
Peter McLean, who stays at Brackley Farm.
Dmf. 1940 Gallov. Annual 78:
O here may I rest frae strife an' care, An' stey to the en' o' ma days.
Ork. 1956 C. M. Costie Benjie's Bodle 10:
He wis tae stey whar aal his folk hid aye bidden.
Sc. 1961 Scotsman (22 Aug.) 10:
English visitors should also have it made clear to them that if a Scot asks someone if he is “staying here” he means does that person live here.

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