Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
CANGLE, Kangl, v. and n. [kɑŋl, kjɑŋl (Kcb.9)]
1. v. “To dispute; to contend in argument; to wrangle; to altercate” (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., kangl; Bnff.2 1938; Abd.7 1925; Fif.10, Lnl.1, Kcb.1 1938); “to cavil” (Mearns 1825 Jam.2). Ppl.adj. canglin', quarrelsome; vbl.n. cangling, dispute, dissension.
Sc. 1701–1731 R. Wodrow Analecta (Maitland Club 1843) III. 355:
The Lady applyes to the Commission . . . to determine whither her not hearing her former minister . . . was a ground for debarring her from the sacrement. This brought in great cangling. Sc. 1737 Ramsay Proverbs 77:
Ye cangle about uncoft Kids. Bnff. 1872 Bnffsh. Jnl. (30 Jan.):
But hame whaur canglin' strife prevails, Is nae a hame deserves the name. Slg. a.1875 R. Buchanan in Harp of Stirlingsh. (ed. W. Harvey 1897) 225:
This clan is up, anither's doon, a third is deep in wrangle, Till bearded men are like to fecht, and owre a hair-breadth cangle. m.Lth. 1811 H. Macneill Bygane Times 17:
I coudna live sae wi' my wife In constant cangling, gloom, and strife! Lnk. 1919 G. Rae 'Tween Clyde and Tweed 70:
I was a herd, nae man e'er ca'ed me in When they were canglin' in a land oot-ower. Gall.(D) 1901 Trotter Gall. Gossip 138:
Efter a' wus ower they joost settl't doon an cangl't an tweelzie't like ither folk. Rxb. 1847 J. Halliday Rustic Bard 332:
I'll fight wi' the bodie an' cangle, Till I get him laid i' the mou'd.
Hence (a) cangler, n., a quarrelsome person; (b) canglesome, adj., “quarrelsome” (Mry. 1914 R. Cairns in Bnffsh. Field Club 26).
(a) Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems II. 73:
Fy! said ae Cangler, What d'ye mean? I'll lay my Lugs on't, that he's Green.
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