Show Search Results Show Browse

Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology

Abbreviations Cite this entry

About this entry:
First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
This entry has not been updated since then but may contain minor corrections and revisions.

HO, n. Also hoy. Found only in phr. nae (idder, ither) ho(y) but, no (other) choice, no hope but (Abd. 1957).Abd. 1824 G. Smith Douglas 17:
An' there's nae ho, but now I maun be his.
Abd. 1880 G. Webster Crim. Officer 31:
I hed nae ho but serve a criminal libel on Moir an' 's wife.
Abd. 1952 Buchan Observer (13 May):
I see nae idder hoy for't but tae get redd o' the wife!

[Orig. due to assimilation of the consonants in hope but into hobbut [′hobbət > ′hobət] with later wrong division as ho but.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Ho n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 23 Jun 2024 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/ho>

14752

snd

Hide Advanced Search

Browse SND:

    Loading...

Share: