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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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FORDER, adv., adj., v., n. Also furder, †foorder, †fuirder; fordther (Uls.); forther. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. further. See D, 4.

I. adv. As in Eng. (Sh., ne.Sc., Wgt. 1953).Bwk. 1714 Stitchill Court Bk. (S.H.S.) 171:
All Acts are renewed anent the Keiping of swine and furder dischairges Keeping of swyne . . . excepting within crooves and clos houses.
n.Sc. c.1810 Beggar Laddie in Child Ballads No. 280 A vi.:
They gaed on, an furder on, Till they came to yon borrous-toun.
Mry. 1873 J. Brown Round Table Club 244:
An mair, an' forder, suppose the comet tae flee in atween twa o' the stane pillars.
Wgt. 1880 G. Fraser Lowland Lore 174:
I'll stan' you . . . a noggin o' yill whether ye come ony forder or no.
Abd. 1909 G. Greig Mains's Wooin' 35:
Noo, Souter, is't you or me that's to mak' this speech? Afore I proceed ony forder, is't you or me?
em.Sc.(a) 1991 Kate Armstrong in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 113:
Aye we spak owre muckle, didnae hear
furder ahint nor the thrapple, nor speir

II. adj. 1. As in Eng.Abd. 1875 W. Alexander My Ain Folk 3:
There's nae forder eese for ye here.

2. Front, fore, of limbs. Obs. in Eng. c.1600.Sc. c.1800 in R. Ford Vagabond Songs (1904) 155:
She rappit and she chappit Wi' her twa forther hooves.

III. v. 1. As in Eng., to promote, drive forward, help on (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 21; Sh., ne.Sc., Wgt. 1953); to assist, succour, help.Per. 1766 A. Nicol Poems 40:
I belsh out oaths, and curse and ban, When to it I'm furdert.
Kcb. 1808 J. Mayne Siller Gun 72:
Here Discord strave new broils to forder.
Edb. 1822 R. Wilson Poems 8:
“Mungo! Mungo! Maggie furder!” There's nought at hame but fire an' murder.
Ayr. 1869 J. Stirrat Poems 36:
The Kirk's prosperity to foorder.
Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb vii.:
Wae, wae, to the men that forder sic unsanctifiet wark.
Sc.(E) 1913 H. P. Cameron Imit. Christ ii.ix.:
Whither halie buiks or bonnie discourses, whither sweet saums an' sangs, a' thir forder little.

Phr.: †forder-'im-hither, n., any piece of showy dress, displayed by a belle, in order to attract the attention of young men, and induce them to pay court to her (Fif. 1825 Jam.).

2. To make progress, to advance, thrive (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Sh., ne.Sc., Bwk., Wgt. 1953). Obs. in Eng.Kcb. 1789 D. Davidson Seasons 182:
Wha fastest rides does aft least forder.
Ayr. 1796 Burns Highland Balou iii.:
Thro' the Lawlands, o'er the Border, Weel, my babie, may thou forder.
Dmf. 1825 Jam.:
“Weel forder ye!” Well may you speed!
Wgt. 1904 J. F. Cannon Whithorn 54:
The show-folk aye forders best whaur the Established Kirk can count a majority.

IV. n. Progress, speed, esp. in phr. guid forder, good luck! (Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl.; Uls.4 1953).Ayr. 1786 Burns 3rd Ep. to J. Lapraik i.:
Guid speed and furder to you Johnnie.
Ayr. 1873 A. Aitken Poems 76:
In honest auld ploughman style I wish ye guid forder.
Uls. 1931 Northern Whig (11 Dec.) 13:
“Guid fordther tae ye” wishes you success in any venture.

[O.Sc. forther, further, 1375, forder, 1432, furder, c.1550. As a n. the word first occurs in 1576.]

Forder adv., adj., v., n.

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