[airt; Scot. eyrt]Chiefly Scot.


a direction.

verb (used with object)

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for airth

Historical Examples of airth

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

  • Then he added in an alarmed whisper, "Who on airth has he got with him?"

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • What on airth are you doin' there in the dyke, little missy?


    Rosa Mulholland

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

    The Blunders of a Bashful Man

    Metta Victoria Fuller Victor

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

    Freaks of Fortune

    Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for airth


airth (ɛəθ, Scottish erθ)


Scot a direction or point of the compass, esp the direction of the wind; quarter; region

Word Origin for airt

C14: from Scots Gaelic aird point of the compass, height
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