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- to ask, inquire
- 1815 February 24, [Walter Scott], Guy Mannering; […], volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), Edinburgh: […] James Ballantyne and Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, […]; and Archibald Constable and Co., […], OCLC 742335644:
- I'll gie you a bit canny advice, and ye maunna speir what for neither
- 1789, Robert Burns, Whistle O'er The Lave O't:
- Now we're married - speir nae mair, / But whistle o'er the lave o't!
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- 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide
- It seems that the young Heriotside, riding by one day, stopped to speir something or other, and got a glisk of Ailie's face which caught his fancy.
speir (plural speirs)
- inquiry, investigation
- A person who is continually asking questions; a prying, inquisitive person