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Glossary Of Scottish Words Used By Robert Burns: A-Words

A-Words

by Robert Burns

A'
All
Aback
Away, aloof, backwards.
Abeigh
At a shy distance.
Aboon
Above, up.
Abread
Abroad, in sight, to publish.
Abreed
In breadth.
Adle
Putrid water.
Ae
One.
Aff
Off.
Aff-loof
Off-hand, extempore, without premeditation. To shoot aff-loof is to shoot without a rest.
Afore
Before.
Aft, Aften
Oft, often
Agee
On one side.
Agley
Off the right line, wrong, awry
Aiblins
Perhaps
Ain
Own
Airn
Iron, a tool of that metal, a mason's chisel
Airles
Earnest money.
Airl-penny
A silver penny given as airles or hiring money
Airt
Quarter of the heaven, point of the compass.
Aith
An oath
Aits
Oats
Aiver
An old horse
Aizle
A hot cinder, an ember of wood.
Akwart
Awkward, athwart
Alake
Alas
Alane
Alone
Amaist
Almost
Amang
Among
An'
And, if
Ane, ance
one, once
Anent
Over-against, concerning, about
Anither
Another
Applecross
Mackenzie of Applecross.
Aqueesh
Between
Ase
Ashes of wood, remains of a hearth fire.
Asklent
Asquint, aslant
Asteer
Abroad, stirring in a lively manner.
Athout
Athwart
Attour
Moreover, beyond, besides
Aught
Possession, as "in a' my aught," in all my possession.
Auld
Old.
Auld-farran'
Auld farrant, sagacious, prudent, cunning.
Auld lang syne
Olden time, days of other years
Auld-shoon
Old shoes, literally; a discarded lover, metaphorically.
Aumos
Gift to a beggar.
Aumos-dish
A beggar's dish in which the aumos is received.
Ava
At all.
Awa
Away, begone
Awe
Owe
Awfu'
Awful
Awn, Awnie
The beard of barley, oats, etc.; bearded
Ayent
Beyond

Source:

The Poetical Works Of Robert Burns
Copyright 1910
Ward, Lock, and Co., Ltd