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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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DOTHER, n. ne. and sn.Sc. form of Eng. daughter. Also dotheer (Mry.1 1925), †dauther. Cf. Dather. [′dɔθər, ′doθər (see P.L.D. § 138)]ne.Sc. 1884 D. Grant Lays (1908) 73:
Lan'in' her into the oxter O' the souter's dother, Kate.
L.Bnff. 1934 J. M. Caie Kindly North 45:
Twin dothers o' yon rugged sires, . . . The Dee an' Don atween them haud A granite jewel, silver grey.
Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 66:
Aunt an' dauther sought her far an' near.
Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xix.:
She wudna be your dother to dee onything like that.
Abd. 1992 David Toulmin Collected Short Stories :
Watching his dothers stotting a ball at the kitchie gable.
Abd. 1995 Flora Garry Collected Poems :
An Droggie's clivver dother? She could make her fadder's peels.
Nae hoven wymbe or clocher, nae beelin, hack or strain
Bit she could ease; and fin royt nackets tummelt greetin at their play...
Ags. 1920 A. Gray Songs 74:
I thocht your dother micht tak' me.

[Dothir, dother are found in O.Sc. from 1493.]

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