Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
1. (Properly) asquint; hence, gen., off the straight, awry, obliquely. Gen.Sc.
Sc. 1887 R. L. Stevenson Underwoods, Lowden Sabb. Morn xx.:
Or lads that tak a keek a-glee At sonsie lasses. Arg. 1928 1 :
“Gleed” is the commoner word, but “aglee” occas. heard — e.g. “His plooin wuz aa aglee.” Dmf. 1830 R. Brown ed. Mem. Curl. Mab. 71:
Wi' canny hand they neist play down Their stanes o' glibber metal; Yet bunkers aften send aglee Although they weel did ettle. Gall. 1824 J. MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 10:
Aglee — Not direct, off at a side; when the target is missed at shootings by a marksman, he is said to have shot aglee.
2. fig., of anything irregular, of error, or of moral obliquity: wrong, awry. Gen.Sc.
Abd.(D) 1882 W. Alexander Life Among My Ain Folk 220:
A body mith gae farrer agley, aw daursay, nor licken't to ane o' yon chiels. Ags. 1921 V. Jacob Bonnie Joann 16:
And, nee'bours, mind ye, the warld's a-gley Or we couldna see what we've seen the day. Rnf. 1813 E. Picken Misc. Poems I. 67:
We haena mense like cruel man; Yet tho' he's paukier far than we, Whatreck, he gangs as aft aglee. Lnk. 1881 (publ.) D. Thomson (d. 1870) Musings, etc. 226:
Nae wonner then folk gang agley, When greed's the ruling passion. Ayr. 1786 Burns To a Mouse vii.:
The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men Gang aft agley. Ayr. 1836 J. Ramsay Woodnotes (1845) 172:
Twa facts she constantly could see . . . To wit, her neighbour aye aglee, Hersel' for ever right. Gall. 1824 J. MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 10:
Those, too, who follow what nature never intended them to follow are said to guide the genius Aglee. s.Sc. 1857 H. S. Riddell Psalms xiv. 3:
Thaye ar a' gane aglee. [A.V. gone aside.] Slk. a.1835 Hogg Tales (1837) IV. 85:
That lad, gin I dinna forecast aglee, wad do credit to ony kin. Uls. 1929 2 :
Aglee: awry, wrong.
You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.
"Agley adv., adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Feb 2019 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/agley>
Try an Advanced Search