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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FARRANT, adj. Also far(r)and, farren(t), faurnt, faurond, farn.

1. Of a certain disposition, specified by an adj. preceding, as Auld, Fair, Foul, etc., q.v.

2. = Auld-farrant, (1) old-fashioned, antiquated (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., farand); †(2) wise, sagacious, well-informed. The 1896 quot., however, may be a mistake for far in, see Far, adv.1, adj., II. 17.(2) Slk. 1818 Hogg Hunt of Eildon (1874) 221:
Look up, like a farrant beast.
Rnf. c.1860 in Poems and Ballads of Kilbarchan (ed. Lyle 1929) 57:
Farrant sayings, never read, O' auld friend Marshall and Tam Orr.
Sc. 1896 A. Cheviot Proverbs 162:
He's ower farren.

[O.Sc. farand, pr.p. of fare, to behave, conduct oneself.]

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