Definitions

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

  • n. Scots Two.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete or Scotch form of two.

Etymologies

Middle English, variant of two; see two.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • His honour was with the folk who were getting doon the dark hag; the twa gardener lads (an emphasis on the word twa) had been ordered to attend him; and he had been just amusing himself in the mean time with dressing Miss Rose's flower-bed, that he might be near to receive his honour's orders, if need were: he was very fond of a garden, but had little time for such divertisements. ''

    The Waverley

  • What has keepit me from being an officer, that had served my country in twa battles when oor quartermaster hadna enlisted?

    Lob Lie-by-the-Fire: or The Luck of Lingborough

  • His honour was with the folk who were getting doon the dark hag; the twa gardener lads (an emphasis on the word twa) had been ordered to attend him; and he had been just amusing himself in the mean time with dressing Miss

    Waverley — Volume 1

  • His honour was with the folk who were getting doon the dark hag; the twa gardener lads (an emphasis on the word twa) had been ordered to attend him; and he had been just amusing himself in the mean time with dressing Miss Rose's flower-bed, that he might be near to receive his honour's orders, if need were; he was very fond of a garden, but had little time for such divertisements. '

    Waverley

  • For my love’s heart brake in twa, when she kenned the Cause’s fa’,

    Matthew Yglesias » The Things People Say

  • His honour was with the folk who were getting doon the dark hag; the twa gardener lads (an emphasis on the word twa) had been ordered to attend him; and he had been just amusing himself in the mean time with dressing Miss Rose’s flower-bed, that he might be near to receive his honour’s orders, if need were; he was very fond of a garden, but had little time for such divertisements.’

    Waverley

  • If it were the abbot, Edwin felt he would like to have that familiar kind of intercourse with him which in our country is known as twa-handed crack; and if it were not the abbot, he had a wonderful curiosity to know what it was -- to have it accounted for.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 85, January, 1875

  • Kellys, unit and erectit to our said chappell with ane manse, yard, and gleyb of twa akaris of the kyrk-land of Creyf, callyt 'For,' next adjacent to the said kyrk, to the sustentacion of the vicar thairof to serve the cuyr, payand procuragis and synnagis, and mak the dene rural expensys in visitacion as efferys, and ordains that this be done be the

    Chronicles of Strathearn

  • ` ` But ye maun speak your mind on't forthwith, Monkbarns, if ye want the stones; for Deacon Harlewalls thinks the carved through-stanes might be put with advantage on the front of the new council-house --- that is, the twa cross-legged figures that the callants used to ca 'Robin and Bobbin, ane on ilka door-cheek; and the other stane, that they ca'd Ailie Dailie, abune the door.

    The Antiquary

  • But Betsey muttered an 'twitched away;' twa'n't like her, but they're dis'p'inted at every turn, I s'pose, an 'feel poor where they've got the same 's ever to do with.

    In Dark New England Days

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