wyte [wahyt]Chiefly Scot. Examples verb, wyt·ed, wyt·ing, noun

  1. wite1.

wite 1or wyte [wahyt] noun

  1. (in Anglo-Saxon law)
    1. a fine imposed by a king or lord on a subject who committed a serious crime.
    2. a fee demanded for granting a special privilege.
  2. Chiefly Scot. responsibility for a crime, fault, or misfortune; blame.

verb (used with object), wit·ed, wit·ing.

  1. Chiefly Scot. to blame for; declare guilty of.

Origin of wite 1 before 900; (noun) Middle English, Old English wīte penalty; cognate with Old High German wīzi, Old Norse vīti; (v.) Middle English witen, Old English wītan to blame Examples from the Web for wyte Historical Examples of wyte

  • Ye haena sae muckle to be ashamet o’ as I hae, sir: it was a’ my wyte!

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • The laidy ‘as came, Miss Gloria, and she sent me to tell you to wyte ‘ere for ‘er a minute.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • My niece will wyte on people of doubtful conduck over my dead corpse.

    The Dust Flower

    Basil King

  • Gin he dinna something o’ ye yet, it’ll be your wyte, no his, I’m thinkin’.’

    Robert Falconer

    George MacDonald

  • I wadna like to wyte an innocent neighbour wi’ violence—No answer?

    The Black Dwarf

    Sir Walter Scott

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