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DUG, n. Sc. form of Eng. dog. Dim. duggie, sometimes used as a term of endearment (see Fif. quot.). For other forms see Dowg and for Sc. usages see Dog. Sh. 1949  New Shetlander No. 16. 43:
Every man hed a dug, though nen o dem wis muckle use.
Fif. 1938  Daily Record (23 June):
In moments of tenderness, the son of the house may be termed “ma duggie” which is a form of endearment reserved for males only — even the “budgie” is a “bonny wee duggie”.
Gsw. 1860  J. Young Poorhouse Lays 30:
My dug, an' faithfu' brute he's been.
Lnk. a.1832  W. Watt Poems (1860) 31:
Donald Stuart, blind and lame, Led by his dug, withouten hame.
w.Dmf. 1908  J. L. Waugh Robbie Doo (1912) i.:
And what a man he was aboot dugs.

Hence dugged, adj., dogged, obstinate. Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 103:
I sinno' terp aboot hid mair! Tae dive wi' dugged folk, I scunner.

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"Dug n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Dec 2018 <>



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