Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BOUG, BOWG, n. “Stomach, belly. (Of children)” (Cai. 1907 D. B. Nicolson in County of Cai. 66, s.v. bowg: Cai.1 c.1920, boug). [bʌug, see P.L.D. § 55] Cai.(D) 1922  J. Horne Poems, etc. 11:
Filled yer bowg wi glory.

Hence bougsy, adj., ill-shaped, i.e. with distended stomach as a result of wrong feeding. Often applied to cattle. Cai. 1911  D.D. in John o' Groat Jnl. (3 Feb.):
An ill-fed calf may be described as a “bougsy moniment.”

[From Gael. balg, bolg, bag, belly; Irish bolg, id., O.Irish bolc; cogn. Goth. balgs, a wine-skin; O.N. belgr, a skin. Cf. Eng. belly.]

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