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FANG, n.2, v.2 Also faang; fjang (Mry. 1916 T.S.D.C. II). n.Sc. form of Whang, n.1 See P.L.D. §§ 122, 134.

I. n. 1. A thong, strip of leather (Abd.6 1913); the leather hinge of a flail (Abd. 1916 T.S.D.C. II); a whip-thong (Cai. 1950). Also fig. of a tall, thin person. Abd. 1928 4 :
A lang fang o' a chiel.

2. A large piece of anything, usu. of food, and esp. of cheese; a chunk (Bnff., Abd. 1950). Phrs.: the hin fang, the heel or end-crust of a loaf (Abd.27 1951); †the knave's fang, see 1888 quot. Abd. c.1750  R. Forbes Jnl. from London (1755) 2:
An honester fellow never . . . cuttit a fang frae a kebback.
Abd. 1888  in J. G. Frazer Golden Bough (1922) V. I. 158:
The first slice is larger than the rest; it is known by the name of “the kanave's [sic] faang”, — the young man's big slice — and is generally the share of the herd-boy.
Abd. 1929  J. Alexander Mains and Hilly 9:
Aw got a great fang o' tobaacco wi' 'er.

3. Fig.: a lout, scamp, a disagreeable person (Bnff., Abd. 1950), gen. with some pejorative adj. Also extended form ‡fangshal (Mry.1 1916; Abd.15 1928). Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xxxv.:
It wud set 'im better to bide at hame, and luik aifter that sweer fangs o' servan' chiels o' his.
Abd. 1900  G. Williams Fairmer's Twa Tint Laddies 113–114:
But noo this orra fang turns up, An' ye get up a spree.
Abd. 1923  Banffshire Jnl. (9 Jan.):
It's o' a mannie “Kempie”, wha's an ill-tongued fang, For he rages like a deevil in the mornin'.

II. v. With in: to eat greedily and in great gulps. Abd. 1950 27 :
Stop fangin in tae ye that wye.

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"Fang n.2, v.2". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Feb 2019 <>



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