from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An obsolete form of
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- intransitive verb To ask. See
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But sair ye'll greet, nou naebody'll speir onie nicht for ye, limmer.
So they puzzled each other, until at last Angus said: "I'll tell you whit way it is, Donald, we'll juist awa 'ben the Hotel and speir if ony o' they English visitors is missing."
‘Well, speir at the gentleman will he lend me his dressing-gown, then.’
Here a 'em, thinking aye that ye was riding no far ahint us, and when a hears a gallopin' an 'turns roond, ye've santed, an' here's a pack o 'thae bluidy dragoons that wad blast ye black in the face an' speir the inside oot o 'a wheelbarra.
My neebours aften speir, why fa's the hidden tear?
Wher with his thretty he chargit vpon threscore of ther horsmen with culuerins, not folowed with seuen of his nomber; wha in our sicht straik v of them fra ther horse with his speir, before it brak; then he drew his swerd and ran in amang them, not caring ther continuell schutting, to the admiration of the behalders.
But a 'the day I speir what news kind neibour bodies bring;
Upoun the nixt morne, my Lord Cardinall caused his servandis to address thame selves in thare most warlyk array, with jack, knapscall, splent, speir, and axe, more semyng for the war, then for the preaching of the trew word of God.
Scotland, and when the candidate for office had addressed the audience and completed his speech, the Chairman, a real Scot, said, "Is there any person present would like to speir a question of the candidate?"
And so if he doesna answer certain questions we have to speir at him, before morning he'll hang as high as Haman.