[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 airts

Historical Examples of airts

  • Anywhere—nowhere—everywhere; to 'all the airts the wind can blaw.'

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Our bedrooms are dismal dens, open to "a' the airts the wind can blaw," half furnished, and not by any means half clean.

    Records of Later Life

    Frances Ann Kemble

  • It was during the honeymoon, as he calls it, that he wrote the beautiful "O a' the airts the wind can blaw."

  • Ere the morning light, the war-arrow was split into four splinters, and carried out to the four airts, through all Kesteven.

  • As the winds were coloured like the airts from which they blew, it was believed that they could be influenced by coloured objects.

    Ancient Man in Britain

    Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie

British Dictionary definitions for airts


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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