[airt; Scot. eyrt]Chiefly Scot.
- a direction.
- to point out the way; direct; guide.
Also airth [airth; Scot. eyrth] /ɛərθ; Scot. eɪrθ/.
Origin of airt
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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Examples from the Web for airt
There's a gude and a bad side to everything; a' the airt is to find it out.The Proverbs of Scotland
It used to come our airt, but we seem to have lost the knack o't!The House with the Green Shutters
George Douglas Brown
We know not in what airt to look for him, for who knows but it may now be afternoon?
I telt ye the wind was shiftin' its airt, an' that ye wad ha'e a bla' doon.Betty Grier
But in what direction shall we go, callants—towards what airt shall we turn our faces?
airth (ɛəθ, Scottish erθ)
- Scot a direction or point of the compass, esp the direction of the wind; quarter; region
C14: from Scots Gaelic aird point of the compass, height
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