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airt

[airt; Scot. eyrt] /ɛərt; Scot. eɪrt/ Chiefly Scot.
noun
1.
a direction.
verb (used with object)
2.
to point out the way; direct; guide.
Also, airth [airth Scot. eyrth] /ɛərθ Scot. eɪrθ/ (Show IPA).
Origin of airt
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English (Scots) a(i)rt < Scots Gaelic àird point, quarter of the compass; cognate with Greek árdis arrowhead. The borrowing of Scots airt from Scots Gaelic àird is exact since Scots Gaelic d is totally voiceless and àird sounds like English arch
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  • I say, Timotheus, what on airth be ye a dreaming of this bright mornin' 'stead er gittin' ready fer school?

  • We are a model to the airth, and must be jist cracked-up, I tell you.'

  • What on airth do you want to get rid o' the girls fur, then?

    The Blunders of a Bashful Man Metta Victoria Fuller Victor
  • Then he added in an alarmed whisper, "Who on airth has he got with him?"

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • If a patient, long-suffering man walks this airth, I be him, I should reckon.

    Children of the Mist Eden Phillpotts
  • What on airth should the boy wan't to break your bones for, let alone killin' on you?

    Freaks of Fortune Oliver Optic
  • Mai—dear—Madam, how on airth can ye go on in such a place as London without a Chick?

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
  • I was wondering what on airth he was so taken with that air cactus for.

  • The yairbs grow; oh, yes, they make out to grow; but you don't see 'em come leapin' an' tearin' out o' the airth like weeds.

    Susanna and Sue Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Then the Earl of airth and Monteith rose to his feet, and held out his hand.

    The Mistress of Shenstone Florence L. Barclay
British Dictionary definitions for airth

airt

/ɛət; Scottish ert/
noun
1.
(Scot) a direction or point of the compass, esp the direction of the wind; quarter; region
Word Origin
C14: from Scots Gaelic aird point of the compass, height
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