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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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ALOW, adv. 1, prep. Also aloah. Below. [ə′lo:]

1. adv. (Rare.)Sc. 1991 T. S. Law in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 33:
the ilka day, an sent doon ben
toom rakes o hutches inbye gaein
ginn piece-timm at the darg alow
whoere collier bodies wrocht awo
contrack, or oncost keekiebo.
Ags. 1988 Raymond Vettese The Richt Noise 15:
Something dairkly yet
shudders alow shairly, an' heavin up?
Edb. 1895 J. Tweeddale Moff 154:
As certain as ocht that auld Nick had me [by] the fit and was teering me doon alow.
Jam.2 1825 says under Alow, prep.:
“It is also used as an adv. in the same sense. Ettr. For.”
Uls. 1900 A. McIlroy By Lone Craig-Linnie Burn 36:
Thir's nae doot they're no' vera conseederate doon 'alow.

2. prep.Sh.(D) 1891 Burgess Rasmmie's Büddie 33:
Fifty years I'm heard da wolf o hardship Just snuffin wi his nose alow da door.
Abd. 1928 P. Grey Making of a King 10:
The gold-mountit han'le stickin' oot o' yer belt, an' the firr'le joukin' oot alow yer cloak.
Ags. 1907 D. Tasker Readings, etc. 31:
They took her awa' an' laid her alow the grass in the buril grund.
Dundee 1990 Sheila Stephen in Joy Hendry Chapman 60 52:
"An whit did the wiffie look like, then, Ina?" Bella asked. "The een tha' took the mannie awa fir a hurl? Did she look like thoan posh wummin that us'd ti bide aloah yi, Ina? ... "
Hdg. 1885 “S. Mucklebackit” Rural Rhymes 143:
For a fit woodland scene to meet Ane's dear beloved maid, Gie me the Tyneside, lown an' sweet, Alow the Auld Cascade.
wm.Sc. 1928 J. Corrie The Last Day 47:
“Did you see the Bible, Lizzie?” “Did ye no' pit it in alow the dresser yon time the fit was broken aff?”
e.Dmf. 1915 D. J. Beattie Oor Gate-en' 41:
That was a place where a wheen big stanes had been taen oot o' the bankin', just alow the sluice.
Uls. 1898 A. McIlroy The Auld Meetin'-Hoose Green 165:
A'll sign ma name on the bit kerd, alow yours.

[Prob. not from Eng. alow, but a new formation in Sc. from below, cf. afore for before, aneath for beneath. Alow in St.Eng. is not used as a prep.]

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