Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • prep. Scots From.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A Scotch form of fro, from.

Etymologies

Middle English fra, from Old Norse frā; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Syne he was off to Branksome, and the word frae Branksome is to raise a 'Ettrick, Teviotdale, Ale Water, and the Muirs o' Esk. We look to win up wi 'the lads long ere they cross Liddel, and that at the speed they gang will be gey an' near sunrise.

    The Moon Endureth: Tales and Fancies

  • Lassie, ye seem to think naebody worth hearkenin til a word frae 'cep ae man, but I mean ye to hearken to me!

    Heather and Snow

  • I'll be forced to repent some day for her sake, though there sudna be anither woman atween Venus and Mars but wad rive wi 'lauchin at a word frae Cosmo Cupples.

    Alec Forbes of Howglen

  • Only if ye could compass a harmonious call frae the parish of Skreegh-me-dead, as ye anes had hope of, I trow it wad please him weel; since I hae heard him say, that the root of the matter was mair deeply hafted in that wild muirland parish than in the Canongate of Edinburgh.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • a harmonious call frae the parish of Skreegh-me-dead, as ye anes had hope of, I trow it wad please him weel; since I hae heard him say, that the root of the matter was mair deeply hafted in that wild muirland parish than in the Canongate of Edinburgh.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Complete

  • Puncheon, that was cooper to the Queen’s stores at the Timmer Burse at Leith, is dead; sae I though that maybe a word frae my lord to the Lord

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • But he’s mistaen if that’s his end; for it will be lang or Lord Evandale hears a word frae me about the selling my kye for rent or e’er it was due, or the putting the dragoons on me when the country’s quiet, or onything else that will vex him, — I can bear my ain burden patiently, and warld’s loss is the least part o’t.”

    Old Mortality

  • "Mistress Helen has quick news," said I. "She has a maid yonder, Dol Beag's lass, and she brought the word frae

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran

  • "He rises i 'the mornin'," MacDonald continued, "win 'a word frae the

    Burned Bridges

  • "Surely you could gie me a word frae ahint the door.

    The Little Minister

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