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AJEE, AGEE, adv., pred. adj. [ə′dʒi:]

1. To one side, aside, off the straight. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1718  Ramsay Chr. Kirk iii (Poems 1721) vii.:
[She] Dung a' her Cockernonny A jee that Day.
Edb. 1844  J. Ballantine Miller of Deanhaugh 30–31:
His little head was thrown ajee.
Ayr. 1822  Galt Provost xix.:
I was . . . constrained to loot [bow] a sort a-jee.

2. (Of a door, etc.) Ajar, partly open. Gen.Sc. Knr. 1886  “H. Haliburton” Horace in Homespun 104:
An' Geordie wi' his jaws ajee A ballant roarin'!
Edb. 1844  J. Ballantine Miller of Deanhaugh 21:
Ye'd better wait till the yett's ajee.
Ayr. 1793  Burns Whistle and I'll, etc. i.:
Come nae unless the back-yett be a-jee.
w.Dmf. 1908  J. L. Waugh Robbie Doo (2nd ed.) 25–26:
There wasna . . . a lum reekin, or a door agee.

3. fig. Aside, off the straight; in or into a disturbed or disordered state, esp. “applied to the mind, as expressive of some degree of derangement” (Jam.2); tipsy. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1733  in Ramsay T. T. Misc. (1762) 32:
Let ne'er a new whim ding thy fancy a jee.
Sc. 1816  Scott O. Mortality xxxvii.:
His brain was awee agee, but he was a braw preacher for a' that.
Sc. 1887  R. L. Stevenson Underwoods, The Maker to Posterity i.:
When a' we think, an' a' we see, An' a' we luve, 's been dung ajee By time's rouch shouther.
Bnff. 1905  J. Goodsman Macduff in Bnffsh. Jnl. (28 Mar.) 13:
The railin' roun' the harbour quay Keeps folk frae droonin' when agee.
Edb. 1894  P. H. Hunter J. Inwick 138:
There's naethin sets the jidgment ajee like the thocht o' oor ain interests bein affeckit.
Uls. 1898  A. McIlroy The Auld Meetin'-Hoose Green iii.:
Their theology, a'm telt, is a' agee.

[From A, pref.1 + Jee.]

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"Ajee adv., adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Jan 2019 <>



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