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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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INTAE, prep. Also inta (Dmf. 1894 J. Cunningham Broomieburn i.), inti (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.), inte and curtailed forms int' (Abd. 1929 Abd. Weekly Jnl. (17 Jan.) 6), i'ti' (ne.Sc. 1791 Caled. Mercury (29 Sept.)), inty. Gen.Sc. forms of Eng. into. See P.L.D. §§ 85, 86, 93.1. and cf. Intil. [m.Sc. ′ɪnte, Gen.Sc. + ′ɪntə, -tɪ]

Sc. forms of Eng. into.m.Sc. 1979 William J. Tait in Joy Hendry Chapman 23-4 (1985) 37:
A soond
As faur frae music as the wirds frae verse,
An yet a catalyst that cheinged
The doggerel inta poetry.
wm.Sc. 1985 Liz Lochhead Tartuffe 3:
C'moan, Flipote, afore Ah get masel inty a state.
Ags. 1990s:
Inta: prep. into.
m.Sc. 1994 Martin Bowman and Bill Findlay Forever Yours, Marie-Lou 5:
In ten years ah've cheynged intae somedy different...
Sc. 2003 Press and Journal 15 Sep 12:
Noo, in less than three years, tuckit inta a quaet neuk at Upper Greens, Auchtermuchty, stands the memorial, the signposts already pyntin the wye.
Sc. 2004 Scotsman 11 Feb 16:
Harken to this fellow explaining the thrill of lambing: "Ye just feel like as if yir bringing new life inta the wurruld, man. As lang as ah kin gawn aboot, ah'll be in the lambin shed."

Sc. usages:

1. In, within (Ork., Cai., ‡Bnff., em. and ‡wm.Sc. 1958; Bnff., Ags., Edb., Ayr., Dmf., Rxb. 2000s). Now obs. in Eng. exc. dial. or U.S.Sc. 1699 Edb. Gazette (19–23 Oct.):
A Fire broke out in this City, into a laigh Cellar, at the head of the Land-market.
Sc. 1726 Ramsay T.-T. Misc. (1876) I. 116:
When he and I together lay In arms into a well-made bed.
Sc. 1769 D. Herd Sc. Songs 244:
O lang, lang may thair ladies sit, Wi' thair fans into their hand.
Edb. 1772 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 34:
As lang's there's pith into the barrel We'll drink and 'gree.
Bnff. 1827 Aberdeen Star (20 July) 312:
[She] can sheel the mussels, an' red an' bait the lines, gratlins or smalins, an' carrie the kreel . . . wi' ony man's wife inte a' the toun o' Buckie.
Sh. 1898 J. Burgess Tang xl.:
Na, na, sir; it's no laek da praechin ye finn inta da Testament.
Per. 1908 Gsw. Ballad Club III. 127:
“Ha, ha,” says he, an' stood ajee, “A man into the house!”
Abd. 1929 Stories of Young Aberdeen 13:
The teacher said the day 'at a'body hid wings intae Heaven.
Fif. (coast) 1955:
He was a minister intae Aiberdeen. She's a teacher intae the Waid [Academy].
Abd. 1990 Stanley Robertson Fish-Hooses 1992 (p16) :
He wis kept intae the hospital and though he wis oot of ony danger he wis gan tae be in there for a week.

2. Phrs. (in some cases in and tae are felt to be distinct words): (1) intae anesel, below one's breath, inaudibly, sotto voce, gen. with sing, speak, say, etc. Gen.Sc. Cf. In, II. 4.; (2) out intae, out of, from (Ags., m.Lth., Bwk. 1958); (3) to be inty, to want, be willing to have; (4) to be intae a body, (a) to find fault with, scold, chide one sharply (Sh., ne.Sc., Ags., Slg., m.Lth., Bwk., Ayr., Rxb., Uls. 1958); (b) imper., of a cutting remark, a “palpable hit”: = “that's one for . . .” (Ork., ne.Sc., m.Lth., Bwk. 1958). Cf. Intil, I. 2. Phr.; (5) to be intae a fish, to hook (gen. a salmon). Gen.Sc.; (6) to come, sit, etc., intae, to come, sit, forward to (the fire, table, etc.) (Sc. 1752 D. Hume Polit. Discourses xiv. 56, 1881 A. Mackie Scotticisms 15). Gen.Sc.(1) Sc. 1893 Stevenson Catriona xix.:
She grat in to herself as she sat waiting.
(2) Sc. 1827 G. R. Kinloch Ballad Bk. 131:
Gif onie ladie wad borrow me Out into this prison strong.
(4) (a) Abd. 1903 W. Watson Auld Lang Syne 74:
Hes he been intae ye for sayin' ye h'ard the flails the last twa nichts?
(b) Abd. 1891 J. Leatham Ancient Hind 18:
Ithers leuch an' turn't tae their neibors iz if tae say, “That's in tae ye, lawd.”
(5) s.Sc. 1956 Scotsman (1 Feb.) 9:
A savage snatch, the line tightens, the reel sings, and one is “into” a fish.
(6) Ayr. 1833 Galt Howdie (1923) 121:
Come into the fire, M'Goul, and we'll discuss that.
Fif. 1864 St Andrews Gazette (20 Feb.):
Haud aboot, Misey, lass, an' let him get into the fire.
Uls. 1901 Northern Whig:
Sit into the table and help yourself, for you see yer dinner afore ye.
m.Sc. 1922 J. Buchan Huntingtower x.:
Now, sit in to your breakfast.
Abd. 1929 J. Alexander Mains & Hilly 44:
Sit in to the fire, man, for it's raelly caul'.

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