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YAE, adj. Also ya' (Rxb. 1868 Trans. Hawick Arch. Soc. 12), yea (Rxb. c.1830 Hawick Songs (Murray 1897) 88; Dmf. 1937 T. Henderson Lockerbie 138); yee, yeh. One, one and only, single, certain (Lth., Ayr. 1923–6 Wilson; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Rxb. 1942 Zai; wm., s.Sc. 1974). See Ae, and P.L.D. § 97.4. [em.Sc. (b), wm., sm. and s.Sc. je:] Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 269:
O'er mickle of yee Thing is good for nething.
Sc. a.1771 Bonny Hind in Child Ballads No. 50. ix.:
I'm Lord Randal's yae yae son, Just now come oer the sea.
Edb. a.1774 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 223:
Nor care yae strae about the morn.
e.Lth. 1813 Cheap Mag. (March) 123:
We are weel pleased wi' it, a' but yea thing.
Lnk. 1877 W. McHutchinson Poems 65:
Yae ither thing that you maun ken, There's yae thing mair, noo, dear sir.
Wgt. 1885 G. Fraser Poems 48:
Wha carve wi' yae knife an' sup wi' yae spoon.
Slk. 1901 Border Mag. (March) 60:
She leev'd in a yae-room'd hoose by hersel.
Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 2:
The yeh straigglin street o Bosells.
Slg. 1932 W. D. Cocker Poems 74:
Ghaist though he be, he mak's siccar o' yae thing.
m.Sc. 1965 Scotsman (4 Jan.) 8:
It was yae day at the market.

[O.Sc. ya, one, 1686.]

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