Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FEEGARIE, n. Also figarie, and extended form figmagar(e)y. Finery in dress, frippery; a gew-gaw, a toy (Uls.2 1929, figmagarey); a whimsical prank (Arg.3 1951). Cf. Flagarie and Eng. dial. fegary, id. Also used attrib. of anything finical. [fi′ge:re] Sc. 1803  Scots Mag. (March) 174:
I am but an auld plain boddie, it's true, and no Very fit to enter into fine figarie arguments wi' our new fangled folk.
Dmf. 1808  J. Mayne Siller Gun 56:
Grave dames in a' their nice feegaries.
Lnk. 1880  D. M. McAuslane Cld. Readings 171:
A sensible bonnet, destitute o' every falderal an' figmagary.

[An altered form of vagary, with extended meaning.]

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